We were founded on innovation, and technology continues to inspire us to think of energy in new ways. We use technology to enhance the electric grid to maintain our high reliability rate and improve resiliency to benefit all customers. We also utilize the latest advancements to think beyond just delivering power. From providing solutions that boost energy efficiency to developing new services and programs that can improve businesses and communities, we use innovation to power a better Alabama.
A modernized power grid is needed to accommodate the rapid technological changes happening in electric power as well as improve operational efficiency. We are working to enable these changes through fiber and wireless network expansions.
Improve EfficiencyFiber has been and will continue to be foundational to our electric grid. We are actively deploying fiber to distribution areas across the communities we serve for its many benefits: faster outage restoration, fewer customers impacted per fault, increased security and enhanced grid device coordination. With fiber, we can build capacity to meet our customers' needs for today and well into the future.
View BenefitsAlabama Power is committed to making smart investments for Alabama’s energy future. To ensure we continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to our 1.5 million customers, we’re strengthening electric dependability by replacing certain overhead power lines and equipment with underground lines.
Enhancing ServiceWe believe every Alabamian deserves access to high-speed internet. Currently, nearly one million Alabamians do not have access to broadband service. Of that total, 83 percent reside in rural areas of the state. Through our infrastructure and power grid, we are working with those communities and internet carriers to provide opportunities for equal digital access and better quality of life.
In 2020, we began a partnership with Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Together, we launched Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator to promote innovations in energy technology. During the annual intensive, 13-week program, startups receive seed funding, business coaching, and mentorship from business leaders in Techstars’ network and Alabama’s business community.