Retrofits & Upgrades

Ashley Baker named Southern Co. vice president of fossil/hydro-engineering, procurement and construction

ATLANTA, May 30, 2002 — Ashley Baker has been named vice president, Fossil/Hydro Engineering Procurement and Construction in Engineering and Construction Services for Southern Co.

Baker will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction activities for power plants managed by Southern Co. Generation and Energy Marketing, a business unit of Southern Co. that works to manage and generate electricity for the company’s retail customers and markets energy in the competitive wholesale supply business.

“With his years of project management experience, Ashley has a proven track record of producing results while managing costs,” said Susan Story, executive vice president of Engineering and Construction Services, Southern Co. Generation and Energy Marketing. “He is responsible for a part of our business that is vital to our growth, and he is a key addition to our management team.”

Baker joined Southern Co. in 1979, working in the construction department of Alabama Power, a Southern Co. subsidiary. During the next 10 years, he continued to advance in his career at Alabama Power, participating in several major construction projects at the company’s generating facilities. He participated in the reconstruction of Walter Bouldin Dam, construction of R.L. Harris Dam, Barry Steam Plant retrofit construction and Miller units 3 and 4. In 1989, he transferred to fossil/Hydro generation, working in various positions at Gorgas Steam Plant.

In 1994, he was named administrative manager of Power Generation Services. He was promoted to assistant to the senior production office two years later. In 1997, he was named fossil/hydro projects manager west in engineering and generation services. Two years later, he was named maintenance planning manager in technical field services. Last year, he was named general manager of fossil/hydro projects in engineering and generation services before being promoted to his current position.

A native of Andalusia, Ala., Baker holds a 1978 bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Auburn University and a 1993 master’s degree in business administration from UAB. He and his wife, Cheryl, have four children.

With nearly four million customers and more than 34,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Co. is the premier super- regional energy company in the Southeast and a leading U.S. producer of electricity. Southern Co. owns five electric utilities, a fast-growing competitive generation company and an energy services business, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Visit the Southern Co. Web site at .