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Alabama Power adds Calhoun Generating Facility to strengthen dependable service

Dependable service to power customers’ lives is key for Alabama Power. The most recent addition to the company’s fleet of power plants, the Calhoun Generating Facility, aims to do just that.

The generating plant, located in Eastaboga near Anniston, consists of four dual-fuel combustion turbine units. The Calhoun Generating Facility can generate approximately 743 MW at maximum output, or enough power to serve more than 185,000 homes.

“Welcoming the Calhoun Generating Facility and its employees into our operations is a strategic step in our all-of-the-above approach for providing dependable service for our customers,” said Jim Heilbron, Alabama Power senior vice president and senior production officer.

The highly efficient, natural gas and oil-fired plant adds to Alabama Power’s already broad range of energy sources, which includes nuclear, coal, natural gas, hydro, and renewables.

“The Calhoun Generating Facility is a reliable and flexible source of energy that will fit in well with our current and future operations,” Heilbron said. “We’re thrilled to add it to our energy options for customers.”

The acquisition of the plant by Alabama Power was unanimously approved by the Alabama Public Service Commission following a thorough hearing and review process.

Alabama Power officially took over plant ownership on Sept. 30 and the facility is available to provide power for the company’s 1.5 million customers.

The facility was formerly owned by Harbert Power Fund V, LLC, an affiliate of Harbert Management Corporation. All the employees working at the facility have joined Alabama Power as the company takes over operations.