424B2 1 alapreffinal424.htm ALABAMA POWER COMPANY
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Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2)
Registration Nos. 333-126348     
333-126348-01
333-126348-02
333-126348-03

 
PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT
(To Prospectus dated July 19, 2005)
 
(ALABAMA POWER LOGO)
 
2,000,000 Shares
 
6.50% Series Preference Stock
Non-Cumulative, Par Value $1 Per Share
(Stated Capital $25 Per Share)
 
 
This is a public offering by Alabama Power Company of 2,000,000 shares of 6.50% Series Preference Stock, Non-Cumulative, Par Value $1 Per Share (Stated Capital $25 Per Share).
 
Alabama Power Company may redeem shares of the new Preference Stock, in whole or in part, at any time (i) if the redemption date is prior to October 1, 2017, at a redemption price equal to $25.00 per share plus a make-whole premium, or (ii) if the redemption date is on or after October 1, 2017, at a redemption price equal to $25.00 per share, together, in both cases, with accrued and unpaid dividends for the current quarterly dividend period.
 
When, as and if declared by Alabama Power Company, dividends on the new Preference Stock will be payable quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year, beginning January 1, 2008. Dividends on the new Preference Stock are not cumulative and, accordingly, if Alabama Power Company does not declare a dividend or declares less than a full dividend on the new Preference Stock for a quarterly dividend period, holders of the new Preference Stock will have no right to receive a dividend or the full dividend, as the case may be, for that period, and Alabama Power Company will have no obligation to pay a dividend for that period, whether or not Alabama Power Company pays dividends in full or has sufficient funds to pay dividends in the future.
 
The new Preference Stock will rank junior to Alabama Power Company’s preferred stock and Class A preferred stock, equally with any other shares of Alabama Power Company’s preference stock and senior to Alabama Power Company’s common stock. The new Preference Stock will not have any voting rights, except as set forth under “Certain Terms of the New Preference Stock — Voting Rights.”
 
See “RISK FACTORS” on page S-3 for a description of certain risks associated with investing in the new Preference Stock.
 
                         
    Public
          Proceeds to
 
    Offering
    Underwriting
    Alabama Power Company
 
    Price(l)     Discount     Before Expenses  
 
Per Share
  $ 25.00     $ 0.4375     $ 24.5625  
Total
  $ 50,000,000     $ 875,000     $ 49,125,000  
 
 
(1)  Plus accrued dividends, if any, from the date of original issuance.
 
The new Preference Stock should be delivered in book-entry form through The Depository Trust Company on or about October 18, 2007.
 
 
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any other regulatory body has approved or disapproved of these securities or passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this Prospectus Supplement or the accompanying Prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
 
 
 
Joint Book-Running Managers
Banc of America Securities LLC Lehman Brothers
 
October 15, 2007


 

 
In making your investment decision, you should rely only on the information contained or incorporated by reference in this Prospectus Supplement, the accompanying Prospectus and any written communication from Alabama Power Company or the underwriters specifying the final terms of the offering. We have not, and the underwriters have not, authorized anyone to provide you with any other information. If you receive any unauthorized information, you must not rely on it.
 
We are offering to sell the new Preference Stock only in places where sales are permitted.
 
You should not assume that the information contained or incorporated by reference in this Prospectus Supplement, the accompanying Prospectus or any written communication from Alabama Power Company or the underwriters specifying the final terms of this offering, including information incorporated by reference, is accurate as of any date other than its respective date.
 
 
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RISK FACTORS
 
Investing in the new Preference Stock involves risk. Before making an investment decision, you should carefully consider the following risk factors as well as other information contained or incorporated by reference in this Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Prospectus. The risks and uncertainties not presently known to Alabama Power Company or that Alabama Power Company currently deems immaterial may also impair its business operations, its financial results and the value of the new Preference Stock.
 
Risks Related to Alabama Power Company’s Business
 
For a discussion of risks to consider with respect to Alabama Power Company’s business, see the risk factors in Alabama Power Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, along with the disclosure related to risk factors contained in Alabama Power Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2007 and June 30, 2007, which are all incorporated by reference in this Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Prospectus.
 
Risks Related to the new Preference Stock
 
Rating agencies may change rating methodologies, including their views on “notching” practices.
 
The rating methodologies for securities with features similar to the new Preference Stock are still developing and the rating agencies may change their methodologies in the future. This may include, for example, the relationship between ratings assigned to an issuer’s senior securities and ratings assigned to securities with features similar to the new Preference Stock, sometimes called “notching.” If the rating agencies were to change their practices for rating such securities in the future and the ratings of the new Preference Stock were to be subsequently lowered, this may have a negative impact on the trading price of the new Preference Stock.
 
THE COMPANY
 
Alabama Power Company (the “Company”) is a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alabama on November 10, 1927, by the consolidation of a predecessor Alabama Power Company, Gulf Electric Company and Houston Power Company. The Company has its principal office at 600 North 18th Street, Birmingham, Alabama 35291, telephone (205) 257-1000. The Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Southern Company.
 
The Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electric energy within an approximately 44,500 square mile service area comprising most of the State of Alabama.
 
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
The following selected financial data for the years ended December 31, 2002 through December 31, 2006 has been derived from the Company’s audited financial statements and related notes and the unaudited selected financial data, incorporated by reference in this Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Prospectus. The following selected financial data for the six months ended June 30, 2007 has been derived from the Company’s unaudited financial statements and related notes, incorporated by reference in this Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Prospectus. The information set forth below is qualified in its entirety by reference to and, therefore, should be read together with management’s discussion and analysis of results of operations and financial condition, the financial statements and related notes and other financial information incorporated by reference in this Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Prospectus. The information set forth below in the “As Adjusted” column under “Capitalization” does not reflect the issuance of the new Preference Stock offered hereby or the use of proceeds therefrom. See “Use of Proceeds.”
 


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                                  Months
 
                                  Ended
 
    Year Ended December 31,     June 30,
 
    2002     2003     2004     2005     2006     2007(1)  
    (Millions, except ratios)
 
 
Operating Revenues
  $ 3,711     $ 3,960     $ 4,236     $ 4,648     $ 5,015     $ 2,533  
Earnings Before Income Taxes
    768       781       818       817       873       445  
Net Income After Dividends on Preferred and Preference Stock
    461       473       481       508       518       262  
Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges(2)
    3.98       4.29       4.76       4.67       4.34       4.07  
Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges Plus Preferred and Preference Dividend Requirements (Pre-Income Tax Basis)(3)
    3.66       3.83       4.06       4.01       3.77       3.46  
 
                         
    Capitalization
 
    As of June 30, 2007  
    Actual     As Adjusted(4)  
    (Millions, except percentages)  
 
Common Stockholder’s Equity
  $ 4,211     $ 4,211       43.6 %
Cumulative Preferred Stock
    465       465       4.8  
Non-Cumulative Preference Stock
    147       297       3.1  
Senior Notes
    3,485       3,685       38.1  
Long-term Debt Payable to Affiliated Trusts
    309       206       2.1  
Other Long-Term Debt
    800       800       8.3  
                         
Total, excluding amounts due within one year
  $ 9,417     $ 9,664       100.0 %
                         
 
(1) Due to seasonal variations in the demand for energy, operating results for the six months ended June 30, 2007 do not necessarily indicate operating results for the entire year.
 
(2) This ratio is computed as follows: (i) “Earnings” have been calculated by adding to “Earnings Before Income Taxes” “Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized,” “Interest expense to affiliate trusts,” “Distributions on mandatorily redeemable preferred securities” and the debt portion of allowance for funds used during construction; and (ii) “Fixed Charges” consist of “Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized,” “Interest expense to affiliate trusts,” “Distributions on mandatorily redeemable preferred securities” and the debt portion of allowance for funds used during construction. For the six months ended June 30, 2007, this ratio includes interest relating to Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes.
 
(3) In computing this ratio, “Preferred and Preference Dividend Requirements” represent the before-tax earnings necessary to pay such dividends, computed at the effective tax rates for the applicable periods. For the six months ended June 30, 2007, this ratio includes interest relating to Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes.
 
(4) Reflects: (i) the issuance in September 2007 of 6,000,000 shares ($150,000,000 aggregate stated capital) of 6.45% Series Preference Stock, Non-Cumulative, Par Value $1 Per Share (Stated Capital $25 Per Share); (ii) the redemption in October 2007 of $103,093,000 aggregate principal amount of Series D Junior Subordinated Notes due October 1, 2042 and the related Flexible Trust Preferred Securities and Common Securities of Alabama Power Capital Trust IV; and (iii) the proposed issuance in October 2007 of $200,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Series 2007C 6.00% Senior Insured Monthly Notes due October 15, 2037. Does not reflect the issuance of the new Preference Stock offered hereby or the use of proceeds therefrom. See “Use of Proceeds.”

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USE OF PROCEEDS
 
The proceeds from the sale of the new Preference Stock will be used by the Company for general corporate purposes, including the Company’s continuous construction program.
 
CERTAIN TERMS OF THE NEW PREFERENCE STOCK
 
The following is a summary of the terms of the 6.50% Series Preference Stock, Non-Cumulative, Par Value $1 Per Share (Stated Capital $25 Per Share) (the “new Preference Stock”). This summary is not complete and should be read together with the general terms and provisions of the Preference Stock in the accompanying Prospectus under the caption “Description of the Preference Stock.” To the extent this summary is inconsistent with information in the accompanying Prospectus, this summary controls.
 
Dividends
 
Dividends on the new Preference Stock will be payable, when, as and if declared by the Company’s Board of Directors out of funds legally available, at a rate per annum equal to 6.50%.
 
Dividends on the new Preference Stock are payable on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year, commencing on January 1, 2008, when, as and if declared by the Board of Directors, or, if any such date is not a business day (as defined below), on the next business day.
 
Dividends on the new Preference Stock are not cumulative, and accordingly, if the Board of Directors of the Company does not declare a dividend or declares less than a full dividend on the new Preference Stock for a quarterly dividend period, holders of the new Preference Stock will have no right to receive a dividend or the full dividend, as the case may be, for that period, and the Company will have no obligation to pay a dividend for that period, whether or not the Company pays dividends in full or has sufficient funds to pay dividends in the future.
 
So long as any shares of the Company’s preferred stock (the “Preferred Stock”) or Class A Preferred Stock (the “Class A Preferred Stock”) are outstanding, no dividends may be declared on the Company’s common stock or on any other kind of stock over which the Preferred Stock and the Class A Preferred Stock have preference as to the payment of dividends, including the new Preference Stock, unless full cumulative dividends upon such Preferred Stock and Class A Preferred Stock for all past dividend periods and for the then current dividend period shall have been paid or declared and set apart for payment.
 
So long as any shares of the Preference Stock, including the new Preference Stock, are outstanding, no dividends may be declared on the Company’s common stock or on any other kind of stock over which the Preference Stock has preference as to the payment of dividends, nor may the Company purchase, redeem or retire such stock, unless (i) full dividends upon all shares of cumulative Preference Stock outstanding for all past dividend periods shall have been paid or declared and set apart for payment and the full dividend for the then-current dividend period shall have been or concurrently shall be declared, and (ii) full dividends for the then-current dividend period on all shares of non-cumulative Preference Stock outstanding shall have been paid or declared and set apart for payment.
 
Ranking
 
The new Preference Stock will rank junior to the Preferred Stock and the Class A Preferred Stock with respect to payment of dividends and distribution of assets upon the Company’s liquidation, dissolution or winding up. As of June 30, 2007, the Company had 475,115 outstanding shares of Preferred Stock and 12,001,250 outstanding shares of Class A Preferred Stock.
 
The new Preference Stock will rank senior to the Company’s common stock and to any other equity securities that the Company may issue in the future that by their terms rank junior to the new Preference Stock with respect to the payment of dividends and distribution of assets upon the Company’s liquidation, dissolution or winding up.
 
The new Preference Stock will rank equally with any other shares of Preference Stock and with any of the Company’s other equity securities that the Company may issue in the future, the terms of which provide that such shares or securities will rank equally with the Preference Stock with respect to payment of dividends and distribution of assets upon the Company’s liquidation, dissolution or winding up. As of June 30, 2007, the Company had 6,000,000 outstanding shares of Preference Stock. On September 19, 2007, the Company issued 6,000,000 additional shares of Preference Stock.


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Redemption
 
The Company shall have the right to redeem the new Preference Stock, in whole or in part, from time to time, upon not less than 30 nor more than 60 days’ notice, at a redemption price equal to:
 
(i) if the date on which the shares of the new Preference Stock are to be redeemed (the “Redemption Date”) is prior to October 1, 2017 (the “Initial Redemption Date”), the greater of (1) $25.00 per share of the new Preference Stock to be redeemed or (2) the sum of the present values of the liquidation amount and the remaining scheduled dividend payments on the shares of the new Preference Stock to be redeemed to the Initial Redemption Date (for purposes of this calculation, the $25.00 per share liquidation amount of the new Preference Stock is deemed payable on the Initial Redemption Date and the remaining scheduled dividend payments are those dividend payments payable on or before the Initial Redemption Date (presuming full dividends are declared for each Dividend Payment Date for the period from the Dividend Payment Date immediately preceding the Redemption Date to the Initial Redemption Date) (excluding any accrued and unpaid dividends (whether or not declared) to the Redemption Date)) discounted (for purposes of determining present value) to the Redemption Date on a quarterly basis (assuming a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months) at a discount rate equal to the Treasury Yield (as defined below) plus 25 basis points; or
 
(ii) if the Redemption Date is on or after the Initial Redemption Date, $25.00 per share of the new Preference Stock to be redeemed,
 
plus, in each case, an amount equal to the amount of the accrued and unpaid dividends (whether or not declared) from the Dividend Payment Date immediately preceding the Redemption Date to but excluding the Redemption Date, but without accumulation of unpaid dividends on the new Preference Stock for prior dividend periods.
 
The following defined terms used herein shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meanings specified below.
 
A “business day” means a day other than (i) a Saturday or Sunday or (ii) a day on which banks in New York, New York are authorized or obligated by law or executive order to remain closed.
 
“Comparable Treasury Issue” means the United States Treasury security selected by an Independent Investment Banker as having a maturity comparable to the remaining term of the new Preference Stock to the Initial Redemption Date that would be utilized, at the time of selection and in accordance with customary financial practice, in pricing new issues of corporate securities of comparable maturity to the Initial Redemption Date.
 
“Comparable Treasury Price” means, with respect to any Redemption Date, (i) the average of the Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations for such Redemption Date, after excluding the highest and lowest such Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations, or (ii) if the Company obtains fewer than four such Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations, the average of all such quotations.
 
“Independent Investment Banker” means an independent investment banking institution of national standing appointed by the Company.
 
“Reference Treasury Dealer” means a primary United States Government securities dealer in New York City appointed by the Company.
 
“Reference Treasury Dealer Quotation” means, with respect to each Reference Treasury Dealer and any Redemption Date, the average, as determined by the Company, of the bid and asked prices for the Comparable Treasury Issue (expressed in each case as a percentage of its principal amount and quoted in writing to the Company by such Reference Treasury Dealer at 5:00 p.m. on the third business day in New York City preceding such Redemption Date).
 
“Treasury Yield” means, with respect to any Redemption Date, the rate per annum equal to the quarterly equivalent yield to maturity of the Comparable Treasury Issue, assuming a price for the Comparable Treasury Issue (expressed as a percentage of its principal amount) equal to the Comparable Treasury Price for such Redemption Date.
 
For any shares of new Preference Stock to be redeemed, dividends will cease to accrue and all rights of holders of such shares, except the right to receive the redemption price, will cease as of the redemption date.


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No sinking fund will be provided for the purchase or redemption of the new Preference Stock.
 
It is the Company’s intention to redeem or repurchase shares of the new Preference Stock only from proceeds from the receipt of capital contributions or the issuance of new capital offerings whose rating agency equity treatment at the time of such redemption or repurchase is equal to, or greater than, the shares of new Preference Stock being redeemed or repurchased, which proceeds are received within 180 days prior to the applicable Redemption Date or repurchase date.
 
Liquidation Rights
 
Upon voluntary or involuntary liquidation of the Company, the holders of the new Preference Stock, without any preference over the holders of any other series of Preference Stock, out of the Company’s assets available for distribution to the holders of the Preference Stock following the satisfaction of all claims ranking senior to the Preference Stock, including the claims of the holders of any outstanding shares of the Preferred Stock or the Class A Preferred Stock, shall be entitled to receive $25.00 per share, plus accrued and unpaid dividends (whether or not declared) for the then current quarterly dividend period, accrued to but excluding the date of such liquidation payment, but without accumulation of unpaid dividends on the new Preference Stock for any prior dividend periods, before any distribution of assets may be made to the holders of the Company’s common stock. Available assets, if insufficient to pay the amounts payable on all outstanding series of Preference Stock, are to be distributed pro rata to the payment, first of the amount per share payable on each outstanding series of Preference Stock, second of accrued dividends, if any, with respect to each series of Preference Stock, and third of any premium.
 
Transfer Agent, Registrar and Paying Agent
 
Southern Company Services, Inc. will be the transfer agent, registrar and paying agent for the new Preference Stock.
 
Voting Rights
 
Except as hereinafter set forth or when some mandatory provision of law is controlling, the holders of the new Preference Stock will have no voting power.
 
The holders of the new Preference Stock are not entitled to vote generally in the election of directors. However, the Company’s Board of Directors and the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock may amend the Company’s Articles of Incorporation to provide that the holders of the Preference Stock (including the new Preference Stock) will be entitled to vote in the election of directors, with each outstanding share of the Preference Stock (including the new Preference Stock) to be entitled to one-tenth of a vote. Each outstanding share of the common stock is entitled to one vote in the election of directors, each outstanding share of the Preferred Stock is entitled to two-fifths of a vote in the election of directors, each outstanding share of the Class A Preferred Stock with a stated value of $25.00 is entitled to one-tenth of a vote in the election of directors and each outstanding share of Class A Preferred Stock with a stated value of $100,000 is entitled to 400 votes in the election of directors.
 
In the event that any six quarterly dividends (whether or not consecutive and whether or not earned and declared) have not been paid in full on the new Preference Stock, the holders of such new Preference Stock will have the right, voting together as a single class with holders of shares of any one or more other series of Preference Stock upon which like voting rights are then exercisable, to elect two members of the Board of Directors of the Company, and the size of the Company’s Board of Directors will be increased accordingly to effect such election. The rights of such holders of new Preference Stock to elect (voting together as a single class with the holders of any one or more other series of Preference Stock upon which like voting rights are then exercisable) two members of the Board of Directors of the Company will continue until such time as full dividends on such new Preference Stock have been paid or declared and set apart regularly for at least one year (i.e., four consecutive full quarterly dividend periods), at which time such right will terminate, subject to revesting in the event of a subsequent failure to pay dividends of the character described above. Upon termination of the right of the holders of shares of Preference Stock to vote together as a single class to elect two directors, the term of office of the two directors then in office elected by such holders voting as a single class will terminate immediately.


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In addition, the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares of all series of Preference Stock will be required for:
 
  •  the increase of the authorized shares of Preferred Stock or Class A Preferred Stock or the authorization or creation of any other class of stock preferred as to dividends or assets over the Preference Stock; or
 
  •  any change of the rights and preferences of the then outstanding Preference Stock in any manner so as to affect adversely the holders thereof; provided, however, that if any change would affect adversely the holders of only one or more series of the Preference Stock, but not other series of the Preference Stock, only the vote of the holders of at least a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares of the series so affected shall be required.
 
The Company may create and issue new series of Preference Stock, Preferred Stock or Class A Preferred Stock without the consent of the holders of the new Preference Stock.
 
Book-Entry Only Issuance — The Depository Trust Company
 
The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) will act as the initial securities depository for the new Preference Stock. The new Preference Stock will be issued only as fully registered securities registered in the name of Cede & Co., DTC’s partnership nominee, or such other name as may be requested by an authorized representative of DTC. One or more fully registered global new Preference Stock certificates will be issued, representing in the aggregate the total stated amount of the new Preference Stock, and will be deposited with Southern Company Services, Inc. on behalf of DTC.
 
DTC, the world’s largest depository, is a limited-purpose trust company organized under the New York Banking Law, a “banking organization” within the meaning of the New York Banking Law, a member of the Federal Reserve System, a “clearing corporation” within the meaning of the New York Uniform Commercial Code and a “clearing agency” registered pursuant to the provisions of Section 17A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. DTC holds and provides asset servicing for over 2.2 million issues of U.S. and non-U.S. equity issues, corporate and municipal debt issues and money market instruments from over 100 countries that DTC’s participants (“Direct Participants”) deposit with DTC. DTC also facilitates the post-trade settlement among Direct Participants of sales and other securities transactions in deposited securities, through electronic computerized book-entry transfers and pledges between Direct Participants’ accounts. This eliminates the need for physical movement of securities certificates. Direct Participants include both U.S. and non-U.S. securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and certain other organizations. DTC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (“DTCC”). DTCC, in turn, is owned by a number of Direct Participants of DTC and members of the National Securities Clearing Corporation, Fixed Income Clearing Corporation and Emerging Markets Clearing Corporation (NSCC, FICC and EMCC, also subsidiaries of DTCC), as well as by the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., the American Stock Exchange LLC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Access to the DTC system is also available to others such as both U.S. and non-U.S. securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies and clearing corporations that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a Direct Participant, either directly or indirectly (“Indirect Participants”). DTC has Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc., highest rating: AAA. The DTC rules applicable to its Direct and Indirect Participants are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about DTC can be found at www.dtcc.com and www.dtcc.org.
 
Purchases of new Preference Stock under the DTC system must be made by or through Direct Participants, which will receive a credit for the new Preference Stock on DTC’s records. The ownership interest of each actual purchaser of new Preference Stock (“Beneficial Owner”) is in turn to be recorded on the Direct and Indirect Participants’ records. Beneficial Owners will not receive written confirmation from DTC of their purchases. Beneficial Owners are, however, expected to receive written confirmations providing details of the transactions, as well as periodic statements of their holdings, from the Direct or Indirect Participants through which the Beneficial Owners purchased new Preference Stock. Transfers of ownership interests in the new Preference Stock are to be accomplished by entries made on the books of Direct and Indirect Participants acting on behalf of Beneficial Owners. Beneficial Owners will not receive certificates representing their ownership interests in new Preference Stock, except in the event that use of the book-entry system for the new Preference Stock is discontinued.


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To facilitate subsequent transfers, the new Preference Stock deposited by Direct Participants with DTC is registered in the name of DTC’s partnership nominee, Cede & Co., or such other name as may be requested by an authorized representative of DTC. The deposit of the new Preference Stock with DTC and its registration in the name of Cede & Co. or such other DTC nominee do not effect any changes in beneficial ownership. DTC has no knowledge of the actual Beneficial Owners of the new Preference Stock. DTC’s records reflect only the identity of the Direct Participants to whose accounts such new Preference Stock is credited, which may or may not be the Beneficial Owners. The Direct and Indirect Participants will remain responsible for keeping account of their holdings on behalf of their customers.
 
Conveyance of notices and other communications by DTC to Direct Participants, by Direct Participants to Indirect Participants, and by Direct Participants and Indirect Participants to Beneficial Owners will be governed by arrangements among them, subject to any statutory or regulatory requirements as may be in effect from time to time.
 
Redemption notices will be sent to DTC. If less than all of the shares of new Preference Stock are being redeemed, DTC’s practice is to determine by lot the number of shares of new Preference Stock of each Direct Participant to be redeemed.
 
Although voting with respect to the new Preference Stock is limited, in those cases where a vote is required, neither DTC nor Cede & Co. (nor any other DTC nominee) will consent or vote with respect to the new Preference Stock. Under its usual procedures, DTC mails an Omnibus Proxy to the Company as soon as possible after the record date. The Omnibus Proxy assigns Cede & Co.’s consenting or voting rights to those Direct Participants to whose accounts the new Preference Stock is credited on the record date (identified in a listing attached to the Omnibus Proxy).
 
Payments on the new Preference Stock will be made to Cede & Co., or such other nominee as may be requested by an authorized representative of DTC. DTC’s practice is to credit Direct Participants’ accounts upon DTC’s receipt of funds and corresponding detail information from the Company on the relevant payment date in accordance with their respective holdings shown on DTC’s records. Payments by Direct or Indirect Participants to Beneficial Owners will be governed by standing instructions and customary practices, as is the case with securities held for the account of customers registered in “street name,” and will be the responsibility of such Direct or Indirect Participant and not of DTC or the Company, subject to any statutory or regulatory requirements as may be in effect from time to time. Payment to Cede & Co. (or such other nominee as may be requested by an authorized representative of DTC) is the responsibility of the Company, disbursement of such payments to Direct Participants is the responsibility of DTC, and disbursement of such payments to the Beneficial Owners is the responsibility of Direct and Indirect Participants.
 
Except as provided herein, a Beneficial Owner of the global new Preference Stock will not be entitled to receive physical delivery of the new Preference Stock. Accordingly, each Beneficial Owner must rely on the procedures of DTC to exercise any rights under the new Preference Stock. The laws of some jurisdictions require that certain purchasers of securities take physical delivery of securities in definitive form. Such laws may impair the ability to transfer beneficial interests in the global new Preference Stock.
 
DTC may discontinue providing its services as securities depository with respect to the new Preference Stock at any time by giving reasonable notice to the Company. Under such circumstances, in the event that a successor securities depositary is not obtained, new Preference Stock certificates will be printed and delivered to the holders of record. Additionally, the Company may decide to discontinue use of the system of book-entry transfers through DTC (or a successor depositary) with respect to the new Preference Stock. The Company understands, however, that under current industry practices, DTC would notify its Direct and Indirect Participants of the Company’s decision, but will only withdraw beneficial interests from a global new Preference Stock at the request of each Direct or Indirect Participant. In that event, certificates for the new Preference Stock will be printed and delivered to the applicable Direct and Indirect Participants.
 
The information in this section concerning DTC and DTC’s book-entry system has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, but the Company takes no responsibility for the accuracy thereof. The Company has no responsibility for the performance by DTC or its Direct or Indirect Participants of their respective obligations as described herein or under the rules and procedures governing their respective operations.


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UNDERWRITING
 
Subject to the terms and conditions of an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”), the Company has agreed to sell to the underwriters (the “Underwriters”) and each of the Underwriters has severally agreed to purchase from the Company the number of shares of new Preference Stock set opposite its name below:
 
         
    Number of
 
    Shares of
 
    New Preference
 
Name
  Stock  
 
Banc of America Securities LLC
    1,000,000  
Lehman Brothers Inc. 
    1,000,000  
         
Total
    2,000,000  
         
 
In the Underwriting Agreement, the Underwriters have severally agreed, subject to the terms and conditions set forth therein, to purchase all of the new Preference Stock offered hereby if any of the new Preference Stock is purchased.
 
The Underwriters propose initially to offer all or part of the new Preference Stock to the public at the public offering price set forth on the cover page of this Prospectus Supplement and may offer the new Preference Stock to certain securities dealers at such price less a concession not in excess of $0.250 per share of the new Preference Stock. The Underwriters may allow, and such dealers may reallow, a discount not in excess of $0.125 per share of the new Preference Stock to certain brokers and dealers. After the initial public offering, the public offering price, concession and discount may be changed.
 
The new Preference Stock is a new issue of securities with no established trading market. The new Preference Stock will not be listed on any securities exchange or on any automated dealer quotation system. The Underwriters may make a market in the new Preference Stock after completion of the offering, but will not be obligated to do so and may discontinue any market-making activities at any time without notice. No assurance can be given as to the liquidity of the trading market for the new Preference Stock or that an active public market for the new Preference Stock will develop. If an active public trading market for the new Preference Stock does not develop, the market price and liquidity of the new Preference Stock may be adversely affected.
 
The Company has agreed to indemnify the Underwriters against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
 
The Company’s expenses associated with the offer and sale of the new Preference Stock are estimated to be $225,000.
 
The Company has agreed, during the period of 15 days from the date of the Underwriting Agreement, not to sell, offer to sell, grant any option for the sale of, or otherwise dispose of any Preference Stock, any security convertible into, exchangeable into or exercisable for the Preference Stock or any securities substantially similar to the new Preference Stock (except for the new Preference Stock issued pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement), without the prior written consent of Banc of America Securities LLC and Lehman Brothers Inc.
 
In order to facilitate the offering of the new Preference Stock, the Underwriters or their affiliates may engage in transactions that stabilize, maintain or otherwise affect the price of the new Preference Stock. Specifically, the Underwriters or their affiliates may over-allot in connection with this offering, creating short positions in the new Preference Stock for their own accounts. In addition, to cover over-allotments or to stabilize the price of the new Preference Stock, the Underwriters or their affiliates may bid for and purchase new Preference Stock in the open market. Finally, the Underwriters or their affiliates may reclaim selling concessions allowed to a dealer for distributing new Preference Stock in this offering, if the Underwriters or their affiliates repurchase previously distributed new Preference Stock in transactions that cover syndicate short positions, in stabilization transactions or otherwise. Any of these activities may stabilize or maintain the market price of the new Preference Stock above independent market levels. The Underwriters and their affiliates are not required to engage in these activities and may end any of these activities at any time without notice.


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In general, purchases of a security for the purpose of stabilization or to reduce a short position could cause the price of the security to be higher than it might be in the absence of such purchases. The imposition of a penalty bid might also have an effect on the price of a security to the extent that it were to discourage resales of the security.
 
Neither the Company nor any Underwriter makes any representation or prediction as to the direction or magnitude of any effect that the transactions described above may have on the price of the new Preference Stock. In addition, neither the Company nor any Underwriter makes any representation that such transactions will be engaged in or that such transactions, once commenced, will not be discontinued without notice.
 
Certain of the Underwriters and their affiliates have engaged in and may in the future engage in transactions with, and, from time to time, have performed and may perform investment banking and/or commercial banking services for, the Company and its affiliates in the ordinary course of business, for which they have received and will receive customary compensation.
 
LEGAL MATTERS
 
The validity of the new Preference Stock and certain matters relating to such securities will be passed upon on behalf of the Company by Balch & Bingham LLP, Birmingham, Alabama, and Troutman Sanders LLP, Atlanta, Georgia. Certain legal matters will be passed upon for the Underwriters by Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, New York, New York. From time to time, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP acts as counsel to affiliates of the Company for some matters.
 
EXPERTS
 
The financial statements and related financial statement schedule incorporated in this Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Prospectus by reference from the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their reports, which are incorporated herein by reference (which report on the financial statements expresses an unqualified opinion and includes an explanatory paragraph referring to the Company’s change in its method of accounting for the funded status of defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans), and have been so incorporated in reliance upon the reports of such firm given upon their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.


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PROSPECTUS
 
$2,300,000,000
 
Alabama Power Company
First Mortgage Bonds
Class A Preferred Stock
Cumulative, Par Value $1 Per Share
Preference Stock
Depositary Preference Shares,
each representing a fraction of a share of Preference Stock
Senior Notes
Junior Subordinated Notes
 
Alabama Power Capital Trust VI
Alabama Power Capital Trust VII
Alabama Power Capital Trust VIII
Trust Preferred Securities
Fully and unconditionally guaranteed, as set forth herein, by
Alabama Power Company
a subsidiary of The Southern Company
 
We will provide the specific terms of these securities in supplements to this Prospectus. You should read this Prospectus and the applicable Prospectus Supplement carefully before you invest.
 
 
See “Risk Factors” on page 2 for information on certain risks related to the purchase of these securities.
 
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this Prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
 
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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS
 
This Prospectus is part of a registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) using a “shelf” registration process under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”). Under the shelf process, Alabama Power Company (the “Company”) may sell, in one or more transactions,
 
• first mortgage bonds (the “new Bonds”)
 
• class A preferred stock (the “new Stock”)
 
• preference stock (the “Preference Stock”)
 
• depositary preference shares, each representing a fraction of a share of Preference Stock (the “Depositary Shares”)
 
• senior notes (the “Senior Notes”)
 
• junior subordinated notes (the “Junior Subordinated Notes”)
 
and Alabama Power Capital Trust VI, Alabama Power Capital Trust VII and Alabama Power Capital Trust VIII (individually, a “Trust” and collectively, the “Trusts”) may sell,
 
• trust preferred securities (the “Preferred Securities”)
 
in one or more offerings up to a total dollar amount of $2,300,000,000. This Prospectus provides a general description of those securities. Each time the Company sells securities, the Company will provide a prospectus supplement that will contain specific information about the terms of that offering (“Prospectus Supplement”). The Prospectus Supplement may also add, update or change information contained in this Prospectus. You should read this Prospectus and the applicable Prospectus Supplement together with additional information under the heading “Available Information.”
 
RISK FACTORS
 
Investing in the Company’s securities involves risk. Please see the risk factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004, along with the disclosure related to risk factors contained in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2005, which are incorporated by reference in this Prospectus. Before making an investment decision, you should carefully consider these risks as well as other information contained or incorporated by reference in this Prospectus. The risks and uncertainties described are not the only ones facing the Company. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that the Company deems immaterial may also impair its business operations, its financial results and the value of its securities.
 
AVAILABLE INFORMATION
 
The Company and the Trusts have filed with the Commission a combined registration statement on Form S-3 (the “Registration Statement,” which term encompasses any amendments of and exhibits to the Registration Statement) under the 1933 Act. As permitted by the rules and regulations of the Commission, this Prospectus does not contain all of the information set forth in the Registration Statement and the exhibits and schedules to the Registration Statement, to which reference is made.
 
The Company is subject to the informational requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), and in accordance with the 1934 Act files reports and other information with the Commission. Such reports and other information can be inspected and copied at the Public Reference Room of the Commission at 100 F. Street, N.E., Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549, and at the Commission’s Regional Offices at 175 W. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 801 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1800, Miami, Florida 33131 and 233 Broadway, New York, New York 10279. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330. Copies of such material can also be obtained at prescribed


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rates by writing to the Public Reference Section of the Commission at 100 F. Street, N.E., Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549. The Commission maintains a Web site that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding registrants including the Company that file electronically at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, reports and other material concerning the Company can be inspected at the offices of the New York Stock Exchange, 20 Broad Street, New York, New York 10005, on which Exchange certain of the Company’s securities are listed.
 
No separate financial statements of any Trust are included in this Prospectus. The Company considers that such statements would not be material to holders of the Preferred Securities because each Trust has no independent operations and exists for the sole purpose of investing the proceeds of the sale of its Trust Securities (as defined below) in Junior Subordinated Notes.
 
INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE
 
The following documents have been filed with the Commission pursuant to the 1934 Act and are incorporated by reference in this Prospectus and made a part of this Prospectus:
 
  (a)  the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004;
 
  (b)  the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2005; and
 
  (c)  the Company’s Current Reports on Form 8-K dated February 21, 2005, March 8, 2005, May 5, 2005 and June 10, 2005.
 
All documents filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the 1934 Act subsequent to the date of the initial filing of the Registration Statement and prior to the effectiveness of the Registration Statement and subsequent to the date of this Prospectus and prior to the termination of this offering shall be deemed to be incorporated in this Prospectus by reference and made a part of this Prospectus from the date of filing of such documents; provided, however, the Company is not incorporating any information furnished under Items 2.02 or 7.01 of any Current Report on Form 8-K unless specifically stated otherwise. Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Prospectus shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Prospectus to the extent that a statement contained in this Prospectus or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Prospectus modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Prospectus.
 
The Company will provide without charge to each person to whom this Prospectus is delivered, on the written or oral request of any such person, a copy of any or all documents incorporated in this Prospectus by reference (other than the exhibits to such documents unless such exhibits are specifically incorporated by reference). Such requests should be directed to William E. Zales, Jr., Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Alabama Power Company, 600 North 18th Street, Birmingham, Alabama 35291, telephone: (205) 257-2714.


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ALABAMA POWER COMPANY
 
The Company is a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alabama on November 10, 1927, by the consolidation of the predecessor Alabama Power Company, Gulf Electric Company and Houston Power Company. The predecessor Alabama Power Company had a continuous existence since its incorporation in 1906. The principal executive offices of the Company are located at 600 North 18th Street, Birmingham, Alabama 35291, and the telephone number is (205) 257-1000.
 
The Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Southern Company, a holding company registered under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended (the “1935 Act”). The Company is engaged, within the State of Alabama, in the generation and purchase of electricity and the distribution and sale of such electricity at retail in over 1,000 communities (including Anniston, Birmingham, Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa), and at wholesale to 15 municipally owned electric distribution systems, 11 of which are served indirectly through sales to the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, and two rural distributing cooperative associations. The Company also supplies steam service in downtown Birmingham. The Company owns coal reserves near its Gorgas Steam Electric Generating Plant and uses the output of coal from the reserves in its generating plants. It also sells, and cooperates with dealers in promoting the sale of, electric appliances.
 
The Company and one of its affiliates, Georgia Power Company (“GEORGIA”), each own 50% of the common stock of Southern Electric Generating Company (“SEGCO”). SEGCO owns generating units with an aggregate capacity of 1,019,680 kilowatts at the Ernest C. Gaston Steam Plant (“Plant Gaston”) on the Coosa River near Wilsonville, Alabama. The Company and GEORGIA are each entitled to one-half of the capacity and energy of these units. The Company acts as SEGCO’s agent in the operation of SEGCO’s units and furnishes coal to SEGCO as fuel for its units. SEGCO also owns three 230,000 volt transmission lines extending from Plant Gaston to the Georgia state line.
 
SELECTED INFORMATION
 
The following material, which is presented in this Prospectus solely to furnish limited introductory information regarding the Company, has been selected from, or is based upon, the detailed information and financial statements appearing in the documents incorporated in this Prospectus by reference or elsewhere in this Prospectus, is qualified in its entirety by reference to such documents and, therefore, should be read together with those documents.
 
Alabama Power Company
 
Business
Generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electric energy
 
Service Area
Approximately 45,000 square miles comprising most of the State of Alabama
 
Customers at December 31, 2004
1,385,374
 
Generating Capacity at December 31, 2004 (kilowatts)
12,215,743
 
Sources of Generation during 2004 (kilowatt-hours)
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Certain Ratios
 
The following table sets forth the Ratios of Earnings to Fixed Charges and Earnings to Fixed Charges Plus Preferred Dividend Requirements (Pre-Income Tax Basis) for the periods indicated.
 
                                                 
                                  Three
 
                                  Months
 
                                  Ended
 
    Year Ended December 31,     March 31,
 
    2000     2001     2002     2003     2004     2005(1)  
 
Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges(2)
    3.46       3.31       3.98       4.29       4.76       3.15  
Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges Plus
Preferred Dividend Requirements
(Pre-Income Tax Basis)(3)
    3.18       3.05       3.66       3.83       4.06       2.78  
 
(1) Due to seasonal variations in the demand for energy, operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2005 do not necessarily indicate operating results for the entire year.
(2) This ratio is computed as follows: (i) “Earnings” have been calculated by adding to “Earnings Before Income Taxes” “Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized,” “Interest expense to affiliate trusts,” “Distributions on mandatorily redeemable preferred securities” and the debt portion of allowance for funds used during construction; and (ii) “Fixed Charges” consist of “Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized,” “Interest expense to affiliate trusts,” “Distributions on mandatorily redeemable preferred securities” and the debt portion of allowance for funds used during construction.
(3) In computing this ratio, “Preferred Dividend Requirements” represent the before-tax earnings necessary to pay such dividends, computed at the effective tax rates for the applicable periods.
 
THE TRUSTS
 
Each Trust is a statutory trust created under Delaware law pursuant to the filing of a certificate of trust with the Delaware Secretary of State on October 21, 2002. Each Trust’s business is defined in a trust agreement, executed by the Company, as Depositor, and the Delaware Trustee of each Trust. This trust agreement of each Trust will be amended and restated in its entirety substantially in the form filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement of which this Prospectus forms a part (the “Trust Agreement”). Each Trust Agreement will be qualified as an indenture under the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended (the “1939 Act”). The Company will own all the common securities (the “Common Securities” and, together with the Preferred Securities, the “Trust Securities”). The Trust Securities represent undivided beneficial interests in the assets of the respective Trusts. Each Trust exists for the exclusive purposes of (i) issuing its Trust Securities representing undivided beneficial interests in the assets of such Trust, (ii) investing the gross proceeds of its Trust Securities in a related series of Junior Subordinated Notes, and (iii) engaging in only those other activities necessary, appropriate, convenient or incidental to these purposes. The payment of periodic cash distributions on the Preferred Securities of each Trust and payments on liquidation and redemption with respect to the Preferred Securities of each Trust, in each case to the extent each Trust has funds legally and immediately available for these purposes, will be guaranteed by the Company (individually, a “Guarantee” and collectively, the “Guarantees”). See “Description of the Guarantees.”
 
Each Trust’s business and affairs will be conducted by its trustees, which shall be appointed by the Company as the holder of the Common Securities: two employees of the Company as Administrative Trustees; JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (formerly known as The Chase Manhattan Bank) as Property Trustee; and Chase Bank USA, National Association as Delaware Trustee (collectively, the “Securities Trustees”). The Property Trustee of each Trust will act as the indenture trustee with respect to such Trust for purposes of compliance with the provisions of the 1939 Act.
 
The principal place of business of each Trust shall be c/o the Company, 600 North 18th Street, Birmingham, Alabama 35291, telephone (205) 257-2714, Attn: Corporate Secretary.
 
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ACCOUNTING TREATMENT OF THE TRUSTS
 
For financial reporting purposes, each Trust is a variable interest entity. The Company does not meet the definition of primary beneficiary and, therefore, accounts for its investment in each Trust under the equity method in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation No. 46R, “Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities.” The Junior Subordinated Notes payable to each Trust will be presented as a separate line item in the Company’s balance sheet. Interest related to the Junior Subordinated Notes will be reflected as a separate line item on the Company’s income statement and appropriate disclosures concerning the Preferred Securities, the Guarantees and the Junior Subordinated Notes will be included in the notes to the Company’s financial statements.
 
USE OF PROCEEDS
 
Each Trust will invest the proceeds received from the sale of its Preferred Securities in Junior Subordinated Notes. Except as may be otherwise described in an applicable Prospectus Supplement, the net proceeds received by the Company from such investment and any proceeds received from the sale of its new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares or Senior Notes or other sales of its Junior Subordinated Notes will be used in connection with its ongoing construction program, to pay scheduled maturities and/or refundings of its securities, to repay short-term indebtedness to the extent outstanding and for other general corporate purposes.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW BONDS
 
Set forth below is a description of the general terms of the Company’s new Bonds. The following description does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and is qualified by reference to, the Indenture, dated as of January 1, 1942, between the Company and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (formerly known as The Chase Manhattan Bank (as successor to Chemical Bank and Trust Company)), as trustee (the “First Mortgage Bond Trustee”), as to be supplemented by a supplemental indenture (the “Supplemental Indenture”) establishing the new Bonds of each series (the Indenture, as so supplemented, is referred to as the “First Mortgage Bond Indenture”), the forms of which are filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement of which this Prospectus forms a part. The terms of such new Bonds will include those stated in the First Mortgage Bond Indenture and those made a part of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture by reference to the 1939 Act. Certain capitalized terms used in this Prospectus are defined in the First Mortgage Bond Indenture.
 
The new Bonds will mature on the date shown in their title as set forth in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
The new Bonds in definitive form will be issued only as registered bonds without coupons in denominations of $1,000 or authorized multiples of $1,000 or in such other denominations as set forth in the Prospectus Supplement. New Bonds will be exchangeable for a like aggregate principal amount of new Bonds of other authorized denominations, and are transferable, at the principal corporate trust office of the First Mortgage Bond Trustee in New York City, or at such other office or agency of the Company as the Company may from time to time designate, without payment of any charge other than for any tax or taxes or other governmental charge.
 
Any proposed listing of the new Bonds on a securities exchange will be described in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
Except as otherwise may be indicated in the Prospectus Supplement, there are no provisions of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture which are specifically intended to afford holders of the new Bonds protection in the event of a highly leveraged transaction involving the Company.
 
Interest Rate Provisions:  The Prospectus Supplement will set forth the interest rate provisions of the new Bonds, including payment dates, the record dates and the rate or rates, or the method of determining the rate or rates (which may involve periodic interest rate settings through remarketing or auction procedures or pursuant to one or more formulae, as described in the Prospectus Supplement).
 
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Priority and Security:  The new Bonds will rank equally as to security with the bonds of other series presently outstanding under the First Mortgage Bond Indenture, which is a direct first lien on substantially all of the Company’s fixed property and franchises, used or useful in its public utility business, subject only to excepted encumbrances, as defined in the First Mortgage Bond Indenture (Section 1.02).
 
The First Mortgage Bond Indenture permits, within certain limitations specified in Section 7.05, the acquisition of property subject to prior liens. Under certain conditions specified in Section 7.14, additional indebtedness secured by such prior liens may be issued to the extent of 60% of the cost to the Company or the fair value at date of acquisition, whichever is less, of the net property additions made by the Company to the property subject to such prior lien.
 
Replacement Requirement:  By Section 4 of the Supplemental Indenture dated as of October 1, 1981, the Company is required to certify to the First Mortgage Bond Trustee unfunded net property additions or to deposit with the First Mortgage Bond Trustee cash or bonds in an amount equal to the amount by which annual expenditures for renewals and replacements are less than 2.25% of the average annual amount of depreciable mortgaged property or such revised percentage as shall be authorized or approved by the Commission, or any successor commission, under the 1935 Act. Any available replacement credit may be carried forward and deposited cash or bonds may be withdrawn, used or applied in accordance with the provisions of such Section 4.
 
Any limitation on the right of the Company to redeem new Bonds through the operation of the replacement provisions of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture will be described in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
The First Mortgage Bond Indenture (Section 7.16) provides for an examination of the mortgaged property by an independent engineer at least once every five years. The Company covenants to make good any maintenance deficiency shown by the certificate of such engineer and to record retirements as called for by the First Mortgage Bond Indenture.
 
Issuance of Additional Bonds:  Additional bonds may be issued under the First Mortgage Bond Indenture (a) under Article IV to the extent of 60% of the cost or fair value at date of acquisition, whichever is less, of unfunded net property additions, as defined in the First Mortgage Bond Indenture (Sections 1.08 through 1.11, as amended), or (b) under Article V against the retirement of other bonds outstanding under the First Mortgage Bond Indenture, or (c) under Article VI against the deposit of cash equal to the principal amount of bonds to be issued. Such additional bonds, however, may be issued, except in certain cases when issued under Article V, only if, for a period of twelve consecutive calendar months within the fifteen preceding calendar months, the net earnings of the Company, as defined in the First Mortgage Bond Indenture (Section 1.03, as amended), shall have been at least twice the interest requirements for one year on all bonds outstanding, including the additional bonds applied for and all outstanding prior lien bonds and other indebtedness of the character described in the First Mortgage Bond Indenture. Such net earnings are computed, in effect, after making certain deductions including (i) all operating expenses other than income and excess profits taxes and (ii) the amount, if any, by which the aggregate charges to expense or income to provide for depreciation are less than 2.25% of the average amount of depreciable mortgaged property. Under this provision, no amount is included in interest requirements on account of $18,700,000 principal amount of first mortgage bonds (out of a total of $132,900,000 principal amount) issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2005, as collateral for certain obligations for which such bonds are pledged as security. No interest is payable on any such bonds unless and until default occurs on such obligations.
 
Cash deposited as the basis for the issuance of bonds may be applied to the retirement of bonds or be withdrawn against the deposit of bonds or be withdrawn to the extent of 60% of the cost or fair value, whichever is less, of unfunded net property additions (Article VI).
 
Release and Substitution of Property:  The First Mortgage Bond Indenture (Article X) provides that, subject to various limitations, property may be released from the lien of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture when sold or exchanged, upon the basis of cash deposited with the First Mortgage Bond Trustee, bonds or purchase money obligations delivered to the First Mortgage Bond Trustee, prior lien bonds delivered to the First Mortgage Bond Trustee or reduced or assumed, property additions acquired in exchange for the property released or unfunded net property additions certified to the First Mortgage Bond Trustee.


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The First Mortgage Bond Indenture (Section 10.05) permits the cash proceeds of released property and other funds to be withdrawn either upon a showing that unfunded net property additions exist or against the deposit of bonds and also permits such proceeds and other funds to be applied to the retirement of bonds.
 
Restrictions on Common Stock Dividends:  There are various restrictions on Common Stock dividends in the First Mortgage Bond Indenture (which are to remain in effect so long as certain series of bonds are outstanding). Any restrictions on dividends and distributions on Common Stock in the Supplemental Indenture will be set forth in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
Amendments to the First Mortgage Bond Indenture:  By Section 6(g) of the Supplemental Indenture dated as of October 1, 1981, the First Mortgage Bond Indenture may be modified with the consent of the holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the bonds at the time outstanding which would be affected by the action proposed to be taken. However, the bondholders shall have no power (i) to extend the fixed maturity of any bonds, or reduce the rate or extend the time of payment of interest on any bonds, or reduce the principal amount of any bonds, without the express consent of the holder of each bond which would be so affected, or (ii) to reduce the percentage of bonds as mentioned above, the holders of which are required to consent to any such modification, without the consent of the holders of all bonds outstanding, or (iii) to permit the creation by the Company of any mortgage or pledge or lien in the nature of any bonds, not otherwise permitted under the First Mortgage Bond Indenture, ranking prior to or equal with the lien of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture on any of the mortgaged and pledged property, or (iv) to deprive the holder of any bond outstanding under the First Mortgage Bond Indenture of the lien of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture on any of the mortgaged and pledged property. The First Mortgage Bond Trustee shall not be obligated to enter into a supplemental indenture which would affect its own rights, duties or immunities under the First Mortgage Bond Indenture or otherwise.
 
Regarding the First Mortgage Bond Trustee:  JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., the First Mortgage Bond Trustee, also serves as Senior Note Indenture Trustee, as Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee, as Property Trustee and as Guarantee Trustee. The Company and certain of its affiliates maintain deposit accounts and banking relationships with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. also serves as trustee under other indentures pursuant to which securities of the Company and affiliates of the Company are outstanding.
 
Enforcement Provisions:  The First Mortgage Bond Indenture (Section 11.05) provides that, upon the occurrence of certain events of default, the First Mortgage Bond Trustee or the holders of not less than 20% in principal amount of outstanding bonds may declare the principal of all outstanding bonds immediately due and payable, but that, upon the curing of any such default, the holders of a majority in principal amount of outstanding bonds may waive such default and its consequences.
 
The holders of a majority in principal amount of outstanding bonds may direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for the enforcement of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture (Sections 11.01 and 11.12). No holder of any bond has any right to institute any proceedings to enforce the First Mortgage Bond Indenture or any remedy under the First Mortgage Bond Indenture, unless such holder shall previously have given to the First Mortgage Bond Trustee written notice of a default, and unless such holder or holders shall have tendered to the First Mortgage Bond Trustee indemnity against costs, expenses and liabilities, and unless the holders of not less than 20% in principal amount of outstanding bonds shall have tendered such indemnity and requested the First Mortgage Bond Trustee to take action and the First Mortgage Bond Trustee shall have failed to take action within 60 days (Section 11.14).
 
Defaults:  By Section 11.01 of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture, the following events are defined as “defaults”: failure to pay principal; failure for 60 days to pay interest; failure for 90 days to pay any sinking or other purchase fund installment; certain events in bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization; and failure for 90 days after notice to perform other covenants. By Section 9.03 of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture, a failure by the Company to deposit or direct the application of money for the redemption of bonds called for redemption also constitutes a default.
 
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a certificate of an engineer (who, in certain instances, must be an independent engineer) with respect to the fair value of property certified or released; and a certificate of an accountant (who, in certain instances, must be an independent public accountant) as to compliance with the earnings and replacement requirements. Various certificates and other documents are required to be filed periodically or upon the happening of certain events; however, no general periodic evidence is required by the First Mortgage Bond Indenture to be furnished as to the absence of default or as to compliance with the terms of the First Mortgage Bond Indenture in general.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW STOCK
 
Set forth below is a description of the general terms of the new Stock. The statements in this Prospectus concerning the new Stock are an outline and do not purport to be complete. Such statements make use of defined terms and are qualified in their entirety by express reference to the cited provisions of the charter of the Company, as amended (the “charter”), a copy of which is filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement of which this Prospectus forms a part. The general provisions which apply to the preferred stock of the Company of all classes, which are now or may at a later time be authorized or created, are set forth in the charter.
 
General:  The new Stock is to be established by resolutions of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Resolutions”), a copy of which is an exhibit to the Registration Statement (or incorporated by reference). The Resolutions shall include a provision fixing the stated capital of the new Stock.
 
At March 31, 2005, there were outstanding 12,000,000 shares of Class A Preferred Stock with a stated capital of $25 per share and 1,250 shares of Flexible Money Market Class A Preferred Stock with a stated capital of $100,000 per share. Additionally, at March 31, 2005, the Company had outstanding 475,115 shares of Preferred Stock which have a par value of $100 per share. The Class A Preferred Stock ranks on a parity as to dividends and assets with the outstanding Preferred Stock and has the same general rights and preferences as the outstanding Preferred Stock. On all matters submitted to a vote of the holders of the Preferred Stock and the Class A Preferred Stock (other than a change in the rights and preferences of only one, but not the other, such kind of stock), both kinds of stock vote together as a single class, and each share of Preferred Stock and Class A Preferred Stock shall have the relative voting rights described in “Voting Rights” in this Prospectus.
 
The new Stock will not be subject to further calls or to assessment by the Company.
 
Any proposed listing of the new Stock on a securities exchange will be described in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
Transfer Agent and Registrar:  Unless otherwise indicated in the applicable Prospectus Supplement, the new Stock will be transferable at the office of Southern Company Services, Inc., 270 Peachtree Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, which will also serve as the Registrar.
 
Dividend Rights:  The holders of the Preferred Stock and Class A Preferred Stock of each class are entitled to receive cumulative dividends, payable when and as declared by the Board of Directors, at the rates determined for the respective classes, before any dividends may be declared or paid on the Preference Stock or the Common Stock. Dividends on the Preferred Stock and Class A Preferred Stock must have been or be contemporaneously declared and set apart for payment, or paid, on the Preferred Stock and Class A Preferred Stock of all classes for all dividend periods terminating on the same or an earlier date (Charter — A. Preferred Stock — 2. General Provisions — a and b).
 
The Prospectus Supplement will set forth the dividend rate provisions of the new Stock, including the payment dates and the rate or rates, or the method of determining the rate or rates (which may involve periodic dividend rate settings through remarketing or auction procedures or pursuant to one or more formulae, as described in the Prospectus Supplement). Dividends payable on the new Stock will be cumulative from the date of original issue.
 
Redemption Provisions:  The redemption provisions applicable to the new Stock will be described in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
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on the Preferred Stock or Class A Preferred Stock of any class shall be in default in whole or in part unless, prior to or concurrently with such redemption, purchase or other acquisition, all such defaults shall be cured or unless such action has been ordered, approved or permitted under the 1935 Act by the Commission or any successor commission or regulatory authority of the United States of America (Charter — A. Preferred Stock — 2. General Provisions — d).
 
Voting Rights:  The voting rights applicable to the Preferred Stock and Class A Preferred Stock will be described in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
Liquidation Rights:  Upon voluntary or involuntary liquidation, the holders of the Preferred Stock and Class A Preferred Stock of each class, without preference between classes, will be entitled to receive the amounts specified to be payable on the shares of such class (which, in the case of the new Stock, is an amount equal to the stated capital per share on involuntary liquidation, or an amount equal to the then current regular redemption price per share on voluntary liquidation, plus accrued dividends in each case) before any distribution of assets may be made to the holders of the Preference Stock or the Common Stock. Available assets, if insufficient to pay such amounts to the holders of the Preferred Stock and Class A Preferred Stock, are to be distributed pro rata to the payment, first, of the amount per share payable in the event of involuntary liquidation, second, of accrued dividends, and third, of any premium (Charter — A. Preferred Stock — 2. General Provisions — c.).
 
Sinking Fund:  The terms and conditions of a sinking fund or purchase fund, if any, for the benefit of the holders of the new Stock will be set forth in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
Other Rights:  The holders of the new Stock do not have any preemptive or conversion rights unless otherwise indicated in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERENCE STOCK
 
Preference Stock is a proposed new class of capital stock of the Company that will rank junior to the Preferred Stock and Class A Preferred Stock and senior to the Common Stock. An amendment to the Company’s charter establishing the Preference Stock is required to be submitted for adoption by the shareholders of the Company, and, if adopted, the Company will be authorized to issue Preference Stock. The Board of Directors will determine the specific terms, rights, preferences, limitations and restrictions of each series of Preference Stock and such provisions will be included in a subsequent amendment to the Company’s charter for each series. The Prospectus Supplement for a series of Preference Stock will describe the terms, rights, preferences, limitations and restrictions of the Preference Stock offered by that Prospectus Supplement. A copy of such amendments to the Company’s charter will be filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement of which this Prospectus forms a part.
 
The terms, rights, preferences, limitations and restrictions of the Preference Stock to be determined and set forth in the applicable Prospectus Supplement include the following: (i) the total number of shares of Preference Stock authorized to be issued, (ii) the designation of the series; (iii) the total number of shares of a series being offered; (iv) the general or special voting rights of such shares, if any; (v) the price or prices at which shares will be offered and sold; (vi) the dividend rate, period and payment date or method of calculation applicable to the Preference Stock; (vii) the date from which dividends on the Preference Stock accumulate, if applicable; (viii) the mandatory or optional sinking fund, purchase fund or similar provisions, if any; (ix) the dates, prices and other terms of any optional or mandatory redemption; (x) the relative ranking and preferences of the Preference Stock as to dividend rights and rights upon liquidation (whether voluntary or involuntary), dissolution or winding up of the Company’s affairs; (xi) the procedures for auction and remarketing, if any, of the shares; (xi) any listing of the shares on a securities exchange; and (xii) any other specific terms, preferences, rights, limitations or restrictions.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE DEPOSITARY SHARES
 
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exhibit to the Registration Statement of which this Prospectus forms a part or incorporated by reference to the Registration Statement.
 
General:  The Company may, at its option, elect to offer Depositary Shares. Each Depositary Share will represent a fraction of a share of Preference Stock as described in the Prospectus Supplement. The shares of Preference Stock represented by the Depositary Shares will be deposited under a Deposit Agreement (the “Deposit Agreement”), among the Company, the Depositary named in the Deposit Agreement (the “Depositary”) and all holders from time to time of the depositary receipts (the “Depositary Receipts”) issued under the Deposit Agreement. Subject to the terms of the Deposit Agreement, each owner of a Depositary Share is entitled, proportionately, to all the rights, preferences and privileges of the Preference Stock (including dividend, voting and liquidation rights) and subject, proportionately, to all of the limitations of the Preference Stock contained in the charter summarized under “Description of the Preference Stock” in this Prospectus. The Depositary Shares are evidenced by Depositary Receipts issued pursuant to the Deposit Agreement.
 
Any proposed listing of the Depositary Shares on a securities exchange will be described in the Prospectus Supplement.
 
Issuance of Depositary Receipts:  Immediately following the issuance of the Preference Stock, the Company will deposit the Preference Stock with the Depositary, which will then execute and deliver the Depositary Receipts to the Company. The Company will, in turn, deliver the Depositary Receipts to the underwriters or purchasers. Depositary Receipts will be issued evidencing only whole Depositary Shares.
 
Withdrawal of Preference Stock:  Upon surrender of Depositary Receipts at the corporate trust office of the Depositary, the owner of the Depositary Shares evidenced by such Depositary Receipts is entitled to delivery at such office of certificates evidencing the number of shares of Preference Stock (but only in whole shares of Preference Stock) represented by such Depositary Shares. If the Depositary Receipts delivered by the holder evidence a number of Depositary Shares in excess of the number of whole shares of Preference Stock to be withdrawn, the Depositary will deliver to such holder at the same time a new Depositary Receipt evidencing such excess number of Depositary Shares. The Company does not expect that there will be any public trading market for the Preference Stock, except as represented by the Depositary Shares.
 
Redemption of Depositary Shares:  The Depositary Shares will be redeemed, upon not less than 15 nor more than 60 days’ notice, using the cash proceeds received by the Depositary resulting from the redemption, in whole or in part, at the Company’s option, but subject to the applicable terms and conditions, of shares of Preference Stock held by the Depositary. The redemption price per Depositary Share will be equal to the fraction of the redemption price per share applicable to the Preference Stock. Whenever the Company redeems shares of the Preference Stock held by the Depositary, the Depositary will redeem as of the same redemption date the number of Depositary Shares representing the shares of Preference Stock so redeemed. If less than all the outstanding Depositary Shares are to be redeemed, the Depositary Shares to be redeemed will be selected pro rata (as nearly as may be) or by lot or by such other equitable method as the Depositary may determine.
 
Dividends and Other Distributions:  The Depositary will distribute all cash dividends or other cash distributions received in respect of Preference Stock to the record holders of Depositary Receipts in proportion, insofar as practicable, to the number of Depositary Shares owned by such holders. In the event of a distribution other than in cash, the Depositary will distribute property received by it to the record holders of Depositary Receipts entitled to such property, unless the Depositary determines that it is not feasible to make such distribution, in which case the Depositary may, with the approval of the Company, adopt such method as it deems equitable and practicable for the purpose of effecting such distribution, including the sale (at public or private sale) of such property and distribution of the net proceeds from such sale to such holders. The amount distributed in any of the foregoing cases will be reduced by any amounts required to be withheld by the Company or the Depositary on account of taxes or otherwise required pursuant to law, regulation or court process.
 
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such instance fix a record date (which shall be the record date fixed by the Company with respect to the Preference Stock) for the determination of the holders of Depositary Receipts who shall be entitled to (y) receive such dividend, distribution, rights, preferences or privileges or the net proceeds of such sale or (z) give instructions for the exercise of voting rights at such meeting or receive notice of such meeting.
 
Voting Preference Stock:  Upon receipt of notice of any meeting at which the holders of Preference Stock are entitled to vote, the Depositary will mail the information contained in such notice of meeting to the record holders of Depositary Receipts. The record holders of Depositary Receipts on the record date (which will be the same date as the record date for the Preference Stock) will be entitled to instruct the Depositary as to the exercise of the voting rights pertaining to the amount of Preference Stock represented by their respective Depositary Receipts. The Depositary will endeavor insofar as practicable to vote or cause to be voted the amount of Preference Stock represented by such Depositary Receipts in accordance with such instructions, and the Company has agreed to take all action which may be deemed necessary by the Depositary in order to enable the Depositary to do so. The Depositary will abstain from voting the Preference Stock to the extent it does not receive specific instructions from the holders of the Depositary Receipts.
 
Amendment and Termination of Deposit Agreement:  The form of the Depositary Receipts and any provisions of the Deposit Agreement may at any time and from time to time be amended or modified in any respect by agreement between the Company and the Depositary. Any amendment which imposes any fees or charges (other than taxes, fees and charges provided for in the Deposit Agreement) on the holders of Depositary Receipts, or which otherwise prejudices any substantial existing right of holders of Depositary Receipts, will not become effective as to outstanding Depositary Receipts until the expiration of 90 days after notice of such amendment shall have been given to the record holders of outstanding Depositary Receipts. Every holder of an outstanding Depositary Receipt at the time any such amendment so becomes effective shall be deemed, by continuing to hold such Depositary Receipt, to consent and agree to such amendment and to be bound by the Deposit Agreement as amended. In no event may any amendment impair the right of the holder of any Depositary Receipt, subject to the conditions of the Deposit Agreement, to surrender such Depositary Receipt and receive the Preference Stock represented by such Depositary Receipt, except in order to comply with mandatory provisions of applicable law.
 
Whenever so directed by the Company, the Depositary will terminate the Deposit Agreement by mailing notice of such termination to the record holders of all Depositary Receipts then outstanding at least 30 days prior to the date fixed in such notice for such termination. The Depositary may likewise terminate the Deposit Agreement if at any time 60 days shall have expired after the Depositary shall have delivered to the Company a written notice of its election to resign and a successor depositary shall not have been appointed and accepted its appointment. If any Depositary Receipts remain outstanding after the date of termination, the Depositary will discontinue the transfer of Depositary Receipts, will suspend the distribution of dividends to the holders of Depositary Receipts and will not give any further notices (other than notice of such termination) or perform any further acts under the Deposit Agreement except that the Depositary will continue to collect dividends and other distributions pertaining to the Preference Stock and deliver Preference Stock together with such dividends and distributions and the net proceeds of any sale of any rights, preferences, privileges or other property in exchange for Depositary Receipts surrendered. At any time after the expiration of two years from the date of termination, the Depositary may sell the Preference Stock then held by it at public or private sale at such place or places and upon such terms as its deems proper and may thereafter hold the net proceeds of any such sale, together with any other cash then held by it, without liability for interest, for the pro rata benefit of the holders of Depositary Receipts which have not been surrendered. Any such moneys unclaimed by the holders of Depositary Receipts more than two years from the date of termination of the Deposit Agreement will, upon request of the Company, be paid to it, and after such payment, the holders of Depositary Receipts entitled to the funds so paid to the Company shall look only to the Company for payment without interest. The Company does not intend to terminate the Deposit Agreement or to permit the resignation of the Depositary without appointing a successor depositary.
 
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Miscellaneous:  The Depositary will make available for inspection by holders of Depositary Receipts at its corporate trust office any reports and communications received from the Company which are made generally available to the holders of Preference Stock by the Company.
 
Neither the Depositary nor the Company will be liable if it is prevented or delayed by law or any circumstance beyond its control in performing its obligations under the Deposit Agreement. The obligations of the Depositary and the Company under the Deposit Agreement are limited to performance in good faith of their duties under the Deposit Agreement, and they are not obligated to prosecute or defend any legal proceeding in respect of the Preference Stock, the Depositary Receipts or the Depositary Shares unless satisfactory indemnity is furnished. The Depositary and the Company may rely upon advice of or information from counsel, accountants or other persons believed to be competent and on documents believed to be genuine.
 
The Depositary may at any time resign or be removed by the Company, effective upon the acceptance by its successor of its appointment.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE SENIOR NOTES
 
Set forth below is a description of the general terms of the Senior Notes. The following description does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to, the Senior Note Indenture, dated as of December 1, 1997, between the Company and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (formerly known as The Chase Manhattan Bank), as trustee (the “Senior Note Indenture Trustee”), as to be supplemented by a supplemental indenture establishing the Senior Notes of each series (the Senior Note Indenture, as supplemented, is referred to as the “Senior Note Indenture”), the forms of which are filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement of which this Prospectus forms a part. The terms of the Senior Notes will include those stated in the Senior Note Indenture and those made a part of the Senior Note Indenture by reference to the 1939 Act. Certain capitalized terms used in this Prospectus are defined in the Senior Note Indenture.
 
General
 
The Senior Notes will be issued as unsecured senior debt securities under the Senior Note Indenture and will rank equally with all other unsecured and unsubordinated debt of the Company. The Senior Notes will be effectively subordinated to all secured debt of the Company, including its first mortgage bonds, aggregating approximately $286,000,000 outstanding at March 31, 2005. The Senior Note Indenture does not limit the aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes that may be issued under the Senior Note Indenture and provides that Senior Notes may be issued from time to time in one or more series pursuant to an indenture supplemental to the Senior Note Indenture. The Senior Note Indenture gives the Company the ability to reopen a previous issue of Senior Notes and issue additional Senior Notes of such series, unless otherwise provided.
 
Reference is made to the Prospectus Supplement that will accompany this Prospectus for the following terms of the series of Senior Notes being offered by such Prospectus Supplement: (i) the title of such Senior Notes; (ii) any limit on the aggregate principal amount of such Senior Notes; (iii) the date or dates on which the principal of such Senior Notes is payable; (iv) the rate or rates at which such Senior Notes shall bear interest, if any, or any method by which such rate or rates will be determined, the date or dates from which such interest will accrue, the interest payment dates on which such interest shall be payable, and the regular record date for the interest payable on any interest payment date; (v) the place or places where the principal of (and premium, if any) and interest, if any, on such Senior Notes shall be payable; (vi) the period or periods within which, the price or prices at which and the terms and conditions on which such Senior Notes may be redeemed, in whole or in part, at the option of the Company or at the option of the holder prior to their maturity; (vii) the obligation, if any, of the Company to redeem or purchase such Senior Notes; (viii) the denominations in which such Senior Notes shall be issuable; (ix) if other than the principal amount of such Senior Notes, the portion of the principal amount of such Senior Notes which shall be payable upon declaration of acceleration of the maturity of such Senior Notes; (x) any deletions from, modifications of or additions to the Events of Default or covenants of the Company as provided in the Senior Note Indenture pertaining to such Senior Notes; (xi) whether such Senior Notes shall be issued in whole or in part in the form of a Global Security; and (xii) any other terms of such Senior Notes.


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The Senior Note Indenture does not contain provisions that afford holders of Senior Notes protection in the event of a highly leveraged transaction involving the Company.
 
Events of Default
 
The Senior Note Indenture provides that any one or more of the following described events with respect to the Senior Notes of any series, which has occurred and is continuing, constitutes an “Event of Default” with respect to the Senior Notes of such series:
 
(a) failure for 10 days to pay interest on the Senior Notes of such series, when due on an interest payment date other than at maturity or upon earlier redemption; or
 
(b) failure to pay principal or premium, if any, or interest on the Senior Notes of such series when due at maturity or upon earlier redemption; or
 
(c) failure for three Business Days to deposit any sinking fund payment when due by the terms of a Senior Note of such series; or
 
(d) failure to observe or perform any other covenant or warranty of the Company in the Senior Note Indenture (other than a covenant or warranty which has expressly been included in the Senior Note Indenture solely for the benefit of one or more series of Senior Notes other than such series) for 90 days after written notice to the Company from the Senior Note Indenture Trustee or the holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the outstanding Senior Notes of such series; or
 
(e) certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization of the Company.
 
The holders of not less than a majority in aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Senior Notes of any series have the right to direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the Senior Note Indenture Trustee with respect to the Senior Notes of such series. If a Senior Note Indenture Event of Default occurs and is continuing with respect to the Senior Notes of any series, then the Senior Note Indenture Trustee or the holders of not less than 25% in aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Senior Notes of such series may declare the principal amount of the Senior Notes due and payable immediately by notice in writing to the Company (and to the Senior Note Indenture Trustee if given by the holders), and upon any such declaration such principal amount shall become immediately due and payable. At any time after such a declaration of acceleration with respect to the Senior Notes of any series has been made and before a judgment or decree for payment of the money due has been obtained as provided in Article Five of the Senior Note Indenture, the holders of not less than a majority in aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Senior Notes of such series may rescind and annul such declaration and its consequences if the default has been cured or waived and the Company has paid or deposited with the Senior Note Indenture Trustee a sum sufficient to pay all matured installments of interest and principal due otherwise than by acceleration and all sums paid or advanced by the Senior Note Indenture Trustee, including reasonable compensation and expenses of the Senior Note Indenture Trustee.
 
The holders of not less than a majority in aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Senior Notes of any series may, on behalf of the holders of all the Senior Notes of such series, waive any past default with respect to such series, except (i) a default in the payment of principal or interest or (ii) a default in respect of a covenant or provision which under Article Nine of the Senior Note Indenture cannot be modified or amended without the consent of the holder of each outstanding Senior Note of such series affected.
 
Registration and Transfer
 
The Company shall not be required to (i) issue, register the transfer of or exchange Senior Notes of any series during a period of 15 days immediately preceding the date notice is given identifying the Senior Notes of such series called for redemption, or (ii) issue, register the transfer of or exchange any Senior Notes so selected for redemption, in whole or in part, except the unredeemed portion of any Senior Note being redeemed in part.
 
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Notes will be payable, subject to any applicable laws and regulations, at the office of such Paying Agent or Paying Agents as the Company may designate from time to time, except that, at the option of the Company, payment of any interest may be made by wire transfer or by check mailed to the address of the person entitled to an interest payment as such address shall appear in the Security Register with respect to the Senior Notes. Payment of interest on Senior Notes on any interest payment date will be made to the person in whose name the Senior Notes (or predecessor security) are registered at the close of business on the record date for such interest payment.
 
Unless otherwise indicated in an applicable Prospectus Supplement, the Senior Note Indenture Trustee will act as Paying Agent with respect to the Senior Notes. The Company may at any time designate additional Paying Agents or rescind the designation of any Paying Agents or approve a change in the office through which any Paying Agent acts.
 
All moneys paid by the Company to a Paying Agent for the payment of the principal of or interest on the Senior Notes of any series which remain unclaimed at the end of two years after such principal or interest shall have become due and payable will be repaid to the Company, and the holder of such Senior Notes from that time forward will look only to the Company for payment of such principal and interest.
 
Modification
 
The Senior Note Indenture contains provisions permitting the Company and the Senior Note Indenture Trustee, with the consent of the holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the outstanding Senior Notes of each series that is affected, to modify the Senior Note Indenture or the rights of the holders of the Senior Notes of such series; provided, that no such modification may, without the consent of the holder of each outstanding Senior Note that is affected, (i) change the stated maturity of the principal of, or any installment of principal of or interest on, any Senior Note, or reduce the principal amount of any Senior Note or the rate of interest on any Senior Note or any premium payable upon the redemption of any Senior Note, or change the method of calculating the rate of interest on any Senior Note, or impair the right to institute suit for the enforcement of any such payment on or after the stated maturity of any Senior Note (or, in the case of redemption, on or after the redemption date), or (ii) reduce the percentage of principal amount of the outstanding Senior Notes of any series, the consent of whose holders is required for any such supplemental indenture, or the consent of whose holders is required for any waiver (of compliance with certain provisions of the Senior Note Indenture or certain defaults under the Senior Note Indenture and their consequences) provided for in the Senior Note Indenture, or (iii) modify any of the provisions of the Senior Note Indenture relating to supplemental indentures, waiver of past defaults, or waiver of certain covenants, except to increase any such percentage or to provide that certain other provisions of the Senior Note Indenture cannot be modified or waived without the consent of the holder of each outstanding Senior Note that is affected.
 
In addition, the Company and the Senior Note Indenture Trustee may execute, without the consent of any holders of Senior Notes, any supplemental indenture for certain other usual purposes, including the creation of any new series of senior notes.
 
Consolidation, Merger and Sale
 
The Company shall not consolidate with or merge into any other corporation or convey, transfer or lease its properties and assets substantially as an entirety to any person, unless (1) such other corporation or person is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the United States, any state in the United States or the District of Columbia and such other corporation or person expressly assumes, by supplemental indenture executed and delivered to the Senior Note Indenture Trustee, the payment of the principal of (and premium, if any) and interest on all the Senior Notes and the performance of every covenant of the Senior Note Indenture on the part of the Company to be performed or observed; (2) immediately after giving effect to such transactions, no Event of Default, and no event which, after notice or lapse of time or both, would become an Event of Default, shall have happened and be continuing; and (3) the Company has delivered to the Senior Note Indenture Trustee an officers’ certificate and an opinion of counsel, each stating that such transaction complies with the provisions of the Senior Note Indenture governing consolidation, merger, conveyance, transfer or lease and that all conditions precedent to the transaction have been complied with.


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Information Concerning the Senior Note Indenture Trustee
 
The Senior Note Indenture Trustee, prior to an Event of Default with respect to Senior Notes of any series, undertakes to perform, with respect to Senior Notes of such series, only such duties as are specifically set forth in the Senior Note Indenture and, in case an Event of Default with respect to Senior Notes of any series has occurred and is continuing, shall exercise, with respect to Senior Notes of such series, the same degree of care as a prudent individual would exercise in the conduct of his or her own affairs. Subject to such provision, the Senior Note Indenture Trustee is under no obligation to exercise any of the powers vested in it by the Senior Note Indenture at the request of any holder of Senior Notes of any series, unless offered reasonable indemnity by such holder against the costs, expenses and liabilities which might be incurred by the Senior Note Indenture Trustee. The Senior Note Indenture Trustee is not required to expend or risk its own funds or otherwise incur any financial liability in the performance of its duties if the Senior Note Indenture Trustee reasonably believes that repayment or adequate indemnity is not reasonably assured to it.
 
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (formerly known as The Chase Manhattan Bank), the Senior Note Indenture Trustee, also serves as First Mortgage Bond Trustee, as Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee, as Property Trustee and as Guarantee Trustee. The Company and certain of its affiliates maintain deposit accounts and banking relationships with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. also serves as trustee under other indentures pursuant to which securities of the Company and affiliates of the Company are outstanding.
 
Governing Law
 
The Senior Note Indenture and the Senior Notes will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal laws of the State of New York.
 
Miscellaneous
 
The Company will have the right at all times to assign any of its rights or obligations under the Senior Note Indenture to a direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the Company; provided, that, in the event of any such assignment, the Company will remain primarily liable for all such obligations. Subject to the foregoing, the Senior Note Indenture will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties to the Senior Note Indenture and their respective successors and assigns.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE JUNIOR SUBORDINATED NOTES
 
Set forth below is a description of the general terms of the Junior Subordinated Notes. The following description does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to, the Subordinated Note Indenture, dated as of January 1, 1997, between the Company and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (formerly known as The Chase Manhattan Bank), as trustee (the “Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee”), as to be supplemented by a supplemental indenture to the Subordinated Note Indenture establishing the Junior Subordinated Notes of each series (the Subordinated Note Indenture, as so supplemented, is referred to as the “Subordinated Note Indenture”), the forms of which are filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement of which this Prospectus forms a part. The terms of the Junior Subordinated Notes will include those stated in the Subordinated Note Indenture and those made a part of the Subordinated Note Indenture by reference to the 1939 Act. Certain capitalized terms used in this Prospectus are defined in the Subordinated Note Indenture.
 
General
 
The Junior Subordinated Notes will be issued as unsecured junior subordinated debt securities under the Subordinated Note Indenture. The Subordinated Note Indenture does not limit the aggregate principal amount of Junior Subordinated Notes that may be issued under the Subordinated Note Indenture and provides that Junior Subordinated Notes may be issued from time to time in one or more series pursuant to an indenture supplemental to the Subordinated Note Indenture. The Subordinated Note Indenture gives the Company the ability to reopen a previous issue of Junior Subordinated Notes and issue additional Junior Subordinated Notes of such series, unless otherwise provided.


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Reference is made to the Prospectus Supplement that will accompany this Prospectus for the following terms of the series of Junior Subordinated Notes being offered by such Prospectus Supplement: (i) the title of such Junior Subordinated Notes; (ii) any limit on the aggregate principal amount of such Junior Subordinated Notes; (iii) the date or dates on which the principal of such Junior Subordinated Notes is payable; (iv) the rate or rates at which such Junior Subordinated Notes shall bear interest, if any, or any method by which such rate or rates will be determined, the date or dates from which such interest will accrue, the interest payment dates on which such interest shall be payable, and the regular record date for the interest payable on any interest payment date; (v) the place or places where the principal of (and premium, if any) and interest, if any, on such Junior Subordinated Notes shall be payable; (vi) the period or periods within which, the price or prices at which and the terms and conditions on which such Junior Subordinated Notes may be redeemed, in whole or in part, at the option of the Company or at the option of the holder prior to their maturity; (vii) the obligation, if any, of the Company to redeem or purchase such Junior Subordinated Notes; (viii) the denominations in which such Junior Subordinated Notes shall be issuable; (ix) if other than the principal amount of the Junior Subordinated Notes, the portion of the principal amount of such Junior Subordinated Notes which shall be payable upon declaration of acceleration of the maturity of the Junior Subordinated Notes; (x) any deletions from, modifications of or additions to the Events of Default or covenants of the Company as provided in the Subordinated Note Indenture pertaining to such Junior Subordinated Notes; (xi) whether such Junior Subordinated Notes shall be issued in whole or in part in the form of a Global Security; (xii) the right, if any, of the Company to extend the interest payment periods of such Junior Subordinated Notes; and (xiii) any other terms of such Junior Subordinated Notes. The terms of each series of Junior Subordinated Notes issued to a Trust will correspond to those of the related Preferred Securities of such Trust as described in the Prospectus Supplement relating to such Preferred Securities.
 
The Subordinated Note Indenture does not contain provisions that afford holders of Junior Subordinated Notes protection in the event of a highly leveraged transaction involving the Company.
 
Subordination
 
The Junior Subordinated Notes are subordinated and junior in right of payment to all Senior Indebtedness (as defined below) of the Company. No payment of principal of (including redemption payments, if any), or premium, if any, or interest on (including Additional Interest (as defined below)) the Junior Subordinated Notes may be made if (a) any Senior Indebtedness is not paid when due and any applicable grace period with respect to such default has ended with such default not being cured or waived or otherwise ceasing to exist, or (b) the maturity of any Senior Indebtedness has been accelerated because of a default, or (c) notice has been given of the exercise of an option to require repayment, mandatory payment or prepayment or otherwise. Upon any payment or distribution of assets of the Company to creditors upon any liquidation, dissolution, winding-up, reorganization, assignment for the benefit of creditors, marshalling of assets or liabilities, or any bankruptcy, insolvency or similar proceedings of the Company, the holders of Senior Indebtedness shall be entitled to receive payment in full of all amounts due or to become due on or in respect of all Senior Indebtedness before the holders of the Junior Subordinated Notes are entitled to receive or retain any payment or distribution. Subject to the prior payment of all Senior Indebtedness, the rights of the holders of the Junior Subordinated Notes will be subrogated to the rights of the holders of Senior Indebtedness to receive payments and distributions applicable to such Senior Indebtedness until all amounts owing on the Junior Subordinated Notes are paid in full.
 
The term “Senior Indebtedness” means, with respect to the Company, (i) any payment due in respect of indebtedness of the Company, whether outstanding at the date of execution of the Subordinated Note Indenture or incurred, created or assumed after such date, (a) in respect of money borrowed (including any financial derivative, hedging or futures contract or similar instrument) and (b) evidenced by securities, debentures, bonds, notes or other similar instruments issued by the Company that, by their terms, are senior or senior subordinated debt securities including, without limitation, all obligations under its indentures with various trustees; (ii) all capital lease obligations; (iii) all obligations issued or assumed as the deferred purchase price of property, all conditional sale obligations and all obligations of the Company under any title retention agreement (but excluding trade accounts payable arising in the ordinary course of business and long-term purchase obligations); (iv) all obligations for the reimbursement of any letter of credit, banker’s acceptance, security purchase facility or similar credit transaction; (v) all obligations of the type referred to in clauses (i) through (iv) above of other persons the payment of which the


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Company is responsible or liable as obligor, guarantor or otherwise; and (vi) all obligations of the type referred to in clauses (i) through (v) above of other persons secured by any lien on any property or asset of the Company (whether or not such obligation is assumed by the Company), except for (1) any such indebtedness that is by its terms subordinated to or that ranks equally with the Junior Subordinated Notes and (2) any unsecured indebtedness between or among the Company or its affiliates. Such Senior Indebtedness shall continue to be Senior Indebtedness and be entitled to the benefits of the subordination provisions contained in the Subordinated Note Indenture irrespective of any amendment, modification or waiver of any term of such Senior Indebtedness.
 
The Subordinated Note Indenture does not limit the aggregate amount of Senior Indebtedness that may be issued by the Company. As of March 31, 2005, Senior Indebtedness of the Company aggregated approximately $4,335,000,000.
 
Additional Interest
 
“Additional Interest” is defined in the Subordinated Note Indenture as (i) such additional amounts as may be required so that the net amounts received and retained by a holder of Junior Subordinated Notes (if the holder is a Trust) after paying taxes, duties, assessments or governmental charges of whatever nature (other than withholding taxes) imposed by the United States or any other taxing authority will not be less than the amounts the holder would have received had no such taxes, duties, assessments, or other governmental charges been imposed; and (ii) any interest due and not paid on an interest payment date, together with interest from such interest payment date to the date of payment, compounded quarterly, on each interest payment date.
 
Certain Covenants
 
The Company covenants in the Subordinated Note Indenture, for the benefit of the holders of each series of Junior Subordinated Notes, that, (i) if at such time the Company shall have given notice of its election to extend an interest payment period for such series of Junior Subordinated Notes and such extension shall be continuing, (ii) if at such time the Company shall be in default with respect to its payment or other obligations under the Guarantee with respect to the Trust Securities, if any, related to such series of Junior Subordinated Notes, or (iii) if at such time an Event of Default under the Subordinated Note Indenture with respect to such series of Junior Subordinated Notes shall have occurred and be continuing, (a) the Company shall not declare or pay any dividend or make any distributions with respect to, or redeem, purchase, acquire or make a liquidation payment with respect to, any of its capital stock, and (b) the Company shall not make any payment of interest, principal or premium, if any, on or repay, repurchase or redeem any debt securities (including guarantees other than the Guarantees) issued by the Company which rank equally with or junior to the Junior Subordinated Notes. None of the foregoing, however, shall restrict (i) any of the actions described in the preceding sentence resulting from any reclassification of the Company’s capital stock or the exchange or conversion of one class or series of the Company’s capital stock for another class or series of the Company’s capital stock, or (ii) the purchase of fractional interests in shares of the Company’s capital stock pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such capital stock or the security being converted or exchanged.
 
The Subordinated Note Indenture further provides that, for so long as the Trust Securities of any Trust remain outstanding, the Company covenants (i) to directly or indirectly maintain 100% ownership of the Common Securities of such Trust; provided, however, that any permitted successor of the Company under the Subordinated Note Indenture may succeed to the Company’s ownership of such Common Securities, and (ii) to use its reasonable efforts to cause such Trust (a) to remain a statutory trust, except in connection with the distribution of Junior Subordinated Notes to the holders of Trust Securities in liquidation of such Trust, the redemption of all of the Trust Securities of such Trust, or certain mergers, consolidations or amalgamations, each as permitted by the related Trust Agreement, and (b) to otherwise continue to be classified as a grantor trust for United States federal income tax purposes.


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Events of Default
 
The Subordinated Note Indenture provides that any one or more of the following described events with respect to the Junior Subordinated Notes of any series, which has occurred and is continuing, constitutes an “Event of Default” with respect to the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series:
 
(a) failure for 10 days to pay interest on the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series, including any Additional Interest (as defined in clause (ii) of the definition of Additional Interest in the Subordinated Note Indenture) on such unpaid interest, when due on an interest payment date other than at maturity or upon earlier redemption; provided, however, that a valid extension of the interest payment period by the Company shall not constitute a default in the payment of interest for this purpose; or
 
(b) failure for 10 days to pay Additional Interest (as defined in clause (i) of the definition of Additional Interest in the Subordinated Note Indenture); or
 
(c) failure to pay principal or premium, if any, or interest, including Additional Interest (as defined in clause (ii) of the definition of Additional Interest in the Subordinated Note Indenture), on the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series when due at maturity or upon earlier redemption; or
 
(d) failure for three Business Days to deposit any sinking fund payment when due by the terms of a Junior Subordinated Note of such series; or
 
(e) failure to observe or perform any other covenant or warranty of the Company in the Subordinated Note Indenture (other than a covenant or warranty which has expressly been included in the Subordinated Note Indenture solely for the benefit of one or more series of Junior Subordinated Notes other than such series) for 90 days after written notice to the Company from the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee or the holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the outstanding Junior Subordinated Notes of such series; or
 
(f) certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization of the Company.
 
The holders of not less than a majority in aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Junior Subordinated Notes of any series have the right to direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee with respect to the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series. If a Subordinated Note Indenture Event of Default occurs and is continuing with respect to the Junior Subordinated Notes of any series, then the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee or the holders of not less than 25% in aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series may declare the principal amount of the Junior Subordinated Notes due and payable immediately by notice in writing to the Company (and to the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee if given by the holders), and upon any such declaration such principal amount shall become immediately due and payable. At any time after such a declaration of acceleration with respect to the Junior Subordinated Notes of any series has been made and before a judgment or decree for payment of the money due has been obtained as provided in Article Five of the Subordinated Note Indenture, the holders of not less than a majority in aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series may rescind and annul such declaration and its consequences if the default has been cured or waived and the Company has paid or deposited with the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee a sum sufficient to pay all matured installments of interest (including any Additional Interest) and principal due otherwise than by acceleration and all sums paid or advanced by the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee, including reasonable compensation and expenses of the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee.
 
A holder of Preferred Securities may institute a legal proceeding directly against the Company, without first instituting a legal proceeding against the Property Trustee or any other person or entity, for enforcement of payment to such holder of principal of or interest on the Junior Subordinated Notes of the related series having a principal amount equal to the aggregate stated liquidation amount of the Preferred Securities of such holder on or after the due dates specified in the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series.
 
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respect of a covenant or provision which under Article Nine of the Subordinated Note Indenture cannot be modified or amended without the consent of the holder of each outstanding Junior Subordinated Note of such series affected.
 
Registration and Transfer
 
The Company shall not be required to (i) issue, register the transfer of or exchange Junior Subordinated Notes of any series during a period of 15 days immediately preceding the date notice is given identifying the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series called for redemption, or (ii) issue, register the transfer of or exchange any Junior Subordinated Notes so selected for redemption, in whole or in part, except the unredeemed portion of any Junior Subordinated Note being redeemed in part.
 
Payment and Paying Agent
 
Unless otherwise indicated in an applicable Prospectus Supplement, payment of principal of any Junior Subordinated Notes will be made only against surrender to the Paying Agent of such Junior Subordinated Notes. Principal of and interest on Junior Subordinated Notes will be payable, subject to any applicable laws and regulations, at the office of such Paying Agent or Paying Agents as the Company may designate from time to time, except that, at the option of the Company, payment of any interest may be made by wire transfer or by check mailed to the address of the person entitled to an interest payment as such address shall appear in the Security Register with respect to the Junior Subordinated Notes. Payment of interest on Junior Subordinated Notes on any interest payment date will be made to the person in whose name the Junior Subordinated Notes (or predecessor security) are registered at the close of business on the record date for such interest payment.
 
Unless otherwise indicated in an applicable Prospectus Supplement, the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee will act as Paying Agent with respect to the Junior Subordinated Notes. The Company may at any time designate additional Paying Agents or rescind the designation of any Paying Agents or approve a change in the office through which any Paying Agent acts.
 
All moneys paid by the Company to a Paying Agent for the payment of the principal of or interest on the Junior Subordinated Notes of any series which remain unclaimed at the end of two years after such principal or interest shall have become due and payable will be repaid to the Company, and the holder of such Junior Subordinated Notes will from that time forward look only to the Company for payment of such principal and interest.
 
Modification
 
The Subordinated Note Indenture contains provisions permitting the Company and the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee, with the consent of the holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the outstanding Junior Subordinated Notes of each series affected, to modify the Subordinated Note Indenture or the rights of the holders of the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series; provided, that no such modification may, without the consent of the holder of each outstanding Junior Subordinated Note affected, (i) change the stated maturity of the principal of, or any installment of principal of or interest on, any Junior Subordinated Note, or reduce the principal amount of any Junior Subordinated Note or the rate of interest (including Additional Interest) on any Junior Subordinated Note or any premium payable upon the redemption of any Junior Subordinated Note, or change the method of calculating the rate of interest on any Junior Subordinated Note, or impair the right to institute suit for the enforcement of any such payment on or after the stated maturity of any Junior Subordinated Note (or, in the case of redemption, on or after the redemption date), or (ii) reduce the percentage of principal amount of the outstanding Junior Subordinated Notes of any series, the consent of whose holders is required for any such supplemental indenture, or the consent of whose holders is required for any waiver (of compliance with certain provisions of the Subordinated Note Indenture or certain defaults under the Subordinated Note Indenture and their consequences) provided for in the Subordinated Note Indenture, or (iii) modify any of the provisions of the Subordinated Note Indenture relating to supplemental indentures, waiver of past defaults, or waiver of certain covenants, except to increase any such percentage or to provide that certain other provisions of the Subordinated Note Indenture cannot be modified or waived without the consent of the holder of each outstanding Junior Subordinated Note affected thereby, or (iv) modify the provisions of the Subordinated Note Indenture with respect to the subordination of the Junior Subordinated Notes in a manner adverse to such holder.


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In addition, the Company and the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee may execute, without the consent of any holders of Junior Subordinated Notes, any supplemental indenture for certain other usual purposes, including the creation of any new series of junior subordinated notes.
 
Consolidation, Merger and Sale
 
The Company shall not consolidate with or merge into any other corporation or convey, transfer or lease its properties and assets substantially as an entirety to any person, unless (1) such other corporation or person is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the United States, any state in the United States or the District of Columbia and such other corporation or person expressly assumes, by supplemental indenture executed and delivered to the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee, the payment of the principal of (and premium, if any) and interest (including Additional Interest) on all the Junior Subordinated Notes and the performance of every covenant of the Subordinated Note Indenture on the part of the Company to be performed or observed; (2) immediately after giving effect to such transactions, no Event of Default, and no event which, after notice or lapse of time or both, would become an Event of Default, shall have happened and be continuing; and (3) the Company has delivered to the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee an officers’ certificate and an opinion of counsel, each stating that such transaction complies with the provisions of the Subordinated Note Indenture governing consolidation, merger, conveyance, transfer or lease and that all conditions precedent to the transaction have been complied with.
 
Information Concerning the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee
 
The Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee, prior to an Event of Default with respect to Junior Subordinated Notes of any series, undertakes to perform, with respect to Junior Subordinated Notes of such series, only such duties as are specifically set forth in the Subordinated Note Indenture and, in case an Event of Default with respect to Junior Subordinated Notes of any series has occurred and is continuing, shall exercise, with respect to Junior Subordinated Notes of such series, the same degree of care as a prudent individual would exercise in the conduct of his or her own affairs. Subject to such provision, the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee is under no obligation to exercise any of the powers vested in it by the Subordinated Note Indenture at the request of any holder of Junior Subordinated Notes of any series, unless offered reasonable indemnity by such holder against the costs, expenses and liabilities which might be incurred by the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee. The Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee is not required to expend or risk its own funds or otherwise incur any financial liability in the performance of its duties if the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee reasonably believes that repayment or adequate indemnity is not reasonably assured to it.
 
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (formerly known as The Chase Manhattan Bank), the Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee, also serves as First Mortgage Bond Trustee, as Senior Note Indenture Trustee, as Property Trustee and as Guarantee Trustee. The Company and certain of its affiliates maintain deposit accounts and banking relationships with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. also serves as trustee under other indentures pursuant to which securities of the Company and affiliates of the Company are outstanding.
 
Governing Law
 
The Subordinated Note Indenture and the Junior Subordinated Notes will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal laws of the State of New York.
 
Miscellaneous
 
The Company will have the right at all times to assign any of its rights or obligations under the Subordinated Note Indenture to a direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the Company; provided, that, in the event of any such assignment, the Company will remain primarily liable for all such obligations. Subject to the foregoing, the Subordinated Note Indenture will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties to the Subordinated Note Indenture and their respective successors and assigns.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED SECURITIES
 
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on behalf of the Trust, to issue the Preferred Securities of such Trust. The Preferred Securities of each Trust will have such terms, including distributions, redemption, voting, liquidation rights and such other preferred, deferral or other special rights or such restrictions as shall be set forth in the Trust Agreement of such Trust. Reference is made to the Prospectus Supplement relating to the Preferred Securities of a Trust for specific terms, including (i) the distinctive designation of such Preferred Securities; (ii) the number of Preferred Securities issued by such Trust; (iii) the distribution rate (or method of determining such rate) for Preferred Securities of such Trust and the date or dates on which such distributions shall be payable; (iv) whether distributions on such Preferred Securities shall be cumulative and, in the case of Preferred Securities having cumulative distribution rights, the date or dates, or method of determining the date or dates, from which distributions on such Preferred Securities shall be cumulative; (v) the amount or amounts that shall be paid out of the assets of such Trust to the holders of the Preferred Securities of such Trust upon voluntary or involuntary dissolution, winding-up or termination of such Trust; (vi) the obligation, if any, of such Trust to purchase or redeem such Preferred Securities and the price or prices at which, the period or periods within which, and the terms and conditions upon which such Preferred Securities shall be purchased or redeemed, in whole or in part, pursuant to such obligation; (vii) the voting rights, if any, of such Preferred Securities in addition to those required by law, including the number of votes per Preferred Security and any requirement for the approval by the holders of Preferred Securities as a condition to specified action or amendments to the Trust Agreement of such Trust; (viii) the rights, if any, to defer distributions on the Preferred Securities by extending the interest payment period on the related Junior Subordinated Notes; and (ix) any other relative rights, preferences, privileges, limitations or restrictions of such Preferred Securities not inconsistent with the Trust Agreement of such Trust or applicable law. All Preferred Securities offered by this Prospectus will be guaranteed by the Company to the extent set forth under “Description of the Guarantees.” Any material United States federal income tax considerations applicable to an offering of Preferred Securities will be described in the Prospectus Supplement relating to the Preferred Securities.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE GUARANTEES
 
Set forth below is a summary of information concerning the Guarantees that will be executed and delivered by the Company for the benefit of the holders of Preferred Securities of the respective Trusts from time to time. Each Guarantee will be qualified as an indenture under the 1939 Act. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. will act as indenture trustee under each Guarantee (the “Guarantee Trustee”) for purposes of the 1939 Act. The terms of the respective Guarantees will be those set forth in such Guarantee and those made part of such Guarantee by the 1939 Act. The following summary does not purport to be complete and is subject in all respects to the provisions of, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to, the Guarantees, the form of which is filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement of which this Prospectus forms a part, and the 1939 Act. Each Guarantee will be held by the Guarantee Trustee for the benefit of holders of the Preferred Securities to which it relates.
 
General
 
Pursuant to each Guarantee, the Company will irrevocably and unconditionally agree, to the extent set forth in the Guarantee, to pay in full, to the holders of the related Preferred Securities, the Guarantee Payments (as defined below), to the extent not paid by, or on behalf of, the related Trust, regardless of any defense, right of set-off or counterclaim that the Company may have or assert against any person. The following payments or distributions with respect to the Preferred Securities of any Trust to the extent not paid or made by, or on behalf of, such Trust will be subject to the Guarantee related to the Preferred Securities (without duplication): (i) any accrued and unpaid distributions required to be paid on the Preferred Securities of such Trust but if and only if and to the extent that such Trust has funds legally and immediately available for these distributions, (ii) the redemption price, including all accrued and unpaid distributions to the date of redemption (the “Redemption Price”), with respect to any Preferred Securities called for redemption by such Trust, but if and only to the extent such Trust has funds legally and immediately available to pay such Redemption Price, and (iii) upon a dissolution, winding-up or termination of such Trust (other than in connection with the distribution of Junior Subordinated Notes to the holders of Trust Securities of such Trust or the redemption of all of the Preferred Securities of such Trust), the lesser of (a) the aggregate of the liquidation amount and all accrued and unpaid distributions on the Preferred Securities of such Trust to the date of payment, to the extent such Trust has funds legally and immediately available for such purpose, and (b) the amount of assets of such Trust remaining available for distribution to holders of Preferred Securities of


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such Trust in liquidation of such Trust (the “Guarantee Payments”). The Company’s obligation to make a Guarantee Payment may be satisfied by direct payment of the required amounts by the Company to the holders of the related Preferred Securities or by causing the related Trust to pay such amounts to such holders.
 
Each Guarantee will be a guarantee of the Guarantee Payments with respect to the related Preferred Securities from the time of issuance of such Preferred Securities, but will not apply to the payment of distributions and other payments on such Preferred Securities when the related Trust does not have sufficient funds legally and immediately available to make such distributions or other payments. If the Company does not make interest payments on the Junior Subordinated Notes held by the Property Trustee under any Trust, such Trust will not make distributions on its Preferred Securities.
 
Subordination
 
The Company’s obligations under each Guarantee to make the Guarantee Payments will constitute an unsecured obligation of the Company and will rank (i) subordinate and junior in right of payment to all other liabilities of the Company, including the Junior Subordinated Notes, except those obligations or liabilities made equal to or subordinate by their terms, (ii) equal to the most senior preferred or preference stock now issued by the Company or issued at a later date by the Company and with any guarantee now entered into by the Company or entered into at a later date by the Company in respect of any preferred or preference securities of any affiliate of the Company, and (iii) senior to all common stock of the Company. The terms of the Preferred Securities will provide that each holder of Preferred Securities by acceptance of Preferred Securities agrees to the subordination provisions and other terms of the Guarantee related to the Preferred Securities. The Company has outstanding preferred stock that ranks equal to the Guarantees and common stock that ranks junior to the Guarantees.
 
Each Guarantee will constitute a guarantee of payment and not of collection (that is, the guaranteed party may institute a legal proceeding directly against the guarantor to enforce its rights under the guarantee without first instituting a legal proceeding against any other person or entity).
 
Amendments and Assignment
 
Except with respect to any changes that do not materially and adversely affect the rights of holders of the related Preferred Securities (in which case no consent will be required), each Guarantee may be amended only with the prior approval of the holders of not less than 662/3% in liquidation amount of such outstanding Preferred Securities. The manner of obtaining any such approval of holders of the Preferred Securities will be as set forth in an accompanying Prospectus Supplement. All guarantees and agreements contained in each Guarantee shall bind the successors, assigns, receivers, trustees and representatives of the Company and shall inure to the benefit of the holders of the related Preferred Securities then outstanding.
 
Termination
 
Each Guarantee will terminate and be of no further force and effect as to the related Preferred Securities upon full payment of the Redemption Price of all such Preferred Securities, upon distribution of Junior Subordinated Notes to the holders of such Preferred Securities, or upon full payment of the amounts payable upon liquidation of the related Trust. Each Guarantee will continue to be effective or will be reinstated, as the case may be, if at any time any holder of the related Preferred Securities must restore payment of any sums paid with respect to such Preferred Securities or under such Guarantee.
 
Events of Default
 
An event of default under each Guarantee will occur upon the failure by the Company to perform any of its payment obligations under such Guarantee. The holders of a majority in liquidation amount of the Preferred Securities to which any Guarantee relates have the right to direct the time, method and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the Guarantee Trustee in respect of such Guarantee or to direct the exercise of any trust or power conferred upon the Guarantee Trustee under such Guarantee. Any holder of the related Preferred Securities may institute a legal proceeding directly against the Company to enforce its rights under such Guarantee without first instituting a legal proceeding against the Guarantee Trustee or any other person or entity.


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The holders of a majority in liquidation amount of Preferred Securities of any series may, by vote, on behalf of the holders of all the Preferred Securities of such series, waive any past event of default and its consequences.
 
Information Concerning the Guarantee Trustee
 
The Guarantee Trustee, prior to the occurrence of any event of default with respect to any Guarantee and after the curing or waiving of all events of default with respect to such Guarantee, undertakes to perform only such duties as are specifically set forth in such Guarantee and, in case an event of default has occurred, shall exercise the same degree of care as a prudent individual would exercise in the conduct of his or her own affairs. Subject to such provisions, the Guarantee Trustee is under no obligation to exercise any of the powers vested in it by any Guarantee at the request of any holder of the related Preferred Securities, unless offered reasonable indemnity against the costs, expenses and liabilities which might be incurred by the Guarantee Trustee.
 
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., the Guarantee Trustee, also serves as Property Trustee, as First Mortgage Bond Trustee, as Senior Note Indenture Trustee and as Subordinated Note Indenture Trustee. The Company and certain of its affiliates maintain deposit accounts and banking relationships with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. serves as trustee under other indentures pursuant to which securities of the Company and affiliates of the Company are outstanding.
 
Governing Law
 
Each Guarantee will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal laws of the State of New York.
 
The Agreements as to Expenses and Liabilities
 
Pursuant to an Agreement as to Expenses and Liabilities to be entered into by the Company under each Trust Agreement, the Company will irrevocably and unconditionally guarantee to each person or entity to whom each Trust becomes indebted or liable the full payment of any indebtedness, expenses or liabilities of such Trust, other than obligations of such Trust to pay to the holders of the related Preferred Securities or other similar interests in such Trust the amounts due such holders pursuant to the terms of such Preferred Securities or such other similar interests, as the case may be.
 
RELATIONSHIP AMONG THE PREFERRED SECURITIES,
THE JUNIOR SUBORDINATED NOTES AND THE GUARANTEES
 
As long as payments of interest and other payments are made when due on each series of Junior Subordinated Notes issued to a Trust, such payments will be sufficient to cover distributions and payments due on the related Trust Securities of such Trust primarily because (i) the aggregate principal amount of each series of Junior Subordinated Notes will be equal to the sum of the aggregate stated liquidation amount of the related Trust Securities; (ii) the interest rate and interest and other payment dates on each series of Junior Subordinated Notes will match the distribution rate and distribution and other payment dates for the related Preferred Securities; (iii) the Company shall pay for all costs and expenses of each Trust pursuant to the Agreements as to Expenses and Liabilities; and (iv) each Trust Agreement provides that the Securities Trustees under each Trust Agreement shall not cause or permit the Trust to, among other things, engage in any activity that is not consistent with the purposes of the Trust.
 
Payments of distributions (to the extent funds for such purpose are legally and immediately available) and other payments due on the Preferred Securities (to the extent funds for such purpose are legally and immediately available) will be guaranteed by the Company as and to the extent set forth under “Description of the Guarantees.” If the Company does not make interest payments on any series of Junior Subordinated Notes, it is not expected that the related Trust will have sufficient funds to pay distributions on its Preferred Securities. Each Guarantee is a guarantee from the time of its issuance, but does not apply to any payment of distributions unless and until the related Trust has sufficient funds legally and immediately available for the payment of such distributions.
 
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Agreement provides a mechanism whereby the holders of the related Preferred Securities may appoint a substitute Property Trustee. Such holders may also direct the Property Trustee to enforce its rights under the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series, including proceeding directly against the Company to enforce such Junior Subordinated Notes. If the Property Trustee fails to enforce its rights under any series of Junior Subordinated Notes, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any holder of related Preferred Securities may institute a legal proceeding directly against the Company to enforce the Property Trustee’s rights under such series of Junior Subordinated Notes without first instituting any legal proceeding against the Property Trustee or any other person or entity. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a holder of Preferred Securities may institute a legal proceeding directly against the Company, without first instituting a legal proceeding against the Property Trustee or any other person or entity, for enforcement of payment to such holder of principal of or interest on Junior Subordinated Notes of the related series having a principal amount equal to the aggregate stated liquidation amount of the Preferred Securities of such holder on or after the due dates specified in the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series.
 
If the Company fails to make payments under any Guarantee, such Guarantee provides a mechanism that allows the holders of the Preferred Securities to which such Guarantee relates to direct the Guarantee Trustee to enforce its rights under such Guarantee. In addition, any holder of Preferred Securities may institute a legal proceeding directly against the Company to enforce the Guarantee Trustee’s rights under the related Guarantee without first instituting a legal proceeding against the Guarantee Trustee or any other person or entity.
 
Each Guarantee, the Subordinated Note Indenture, the Junior Subordinated Notes of the related series, the related Trust Agreement and the related Agreement as to Expenses and Liabilities, as described above, constitute a full and unconditional guarantee by the Company of the payments due on the related series of Preferred Securities.
 
Upon any voluntary or involuntary dissolution, winding-up or termination of any Trust, unless Junior Subordinated Notes of the related series are distributed in connection with such action, the holders of Preferred Securities of such Trust will be entitled to receive, out of assets legally available for distribution to holders, a liquidation distribution in cash as described in the applicable Prospectus Supplement. Upon any voluntary or involuntary liquidation or bankruptcy of the Company, the Property Trustee, as holder of the related series of Junior Subordinated Notes, would be a subordinated creditor of the Company, subordinated in right of payment to all Senior Indebtedness, but entitled to receive payment in full of principal and interest, before any shareholders of the Company receive payments or distributions. Because the Company is guarantor under each Guarantee and has agreed to pay for all costs, expenses and liabilities of each Trust (other than the Trust’s obligations to holders of the Preferred Securities) pursuant to the related Agreement as to Expenses and Liabilities, the positions of a holder of Preferred Securities and a holder of Junior Subordinated Notes of the related series relative to other creditors and to shareholders of the Company in the event of liquidation or bankruptcy of the Company would be substantially the same.
 
A default or event of default under any Senior Indebtedness would not constitute a default or Event of Default under the Subordinated Note Indenture. However, in the event of payment defaults under, or acceleration of, Senior Indebtedness, the subordination provisions of the Junior Subordinated Notes provide that no payments may be made in respect of the Junior Subordinated Notes until such Senior Indebtedness has been paid in full or any payment default of Senior Indebtedness has been cured or waived. Failure to make required payments on the Junior Subordinated Notes of any series would constitute an Event of Default under the Subordinated Note Indenture with respect to the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series except that failure to make interest payments on the Junior Subordinated Notes of such series will not be an Event of Default during an extension period as described in the applicable Prospectus Supplement.
 
PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION
 
The Company may sell the new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes and the Junior Subordinated Notes and the Trusts may sell the Preferred Securities in one or more of the following ways from time to time: (i) to underwriters for resale to the public or to institutional investors; (ii) directly to institutional investors; or (iii) through agents to the public or to institutional investors. The Prospectus Supplement with respect to each series of new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities will set forth the terms of the offering of such new Bonds, new Stock, Preference


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Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities, including the name or names of any underwriters or agents, the purchase price of such new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities and the proceeds to the Company or the applicable Trust from such sale, any underwriting discounts or agency fees and other items constituting underwriters’ or agents’ compensation, any initial public offering price, any discounts or concessions allowed or reallowed or paid to dealers and any securities exchange on which such new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities may be listed.
 
If underwriters participate in the sale, such new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities will be acquired by the underwriters for their own account and may be resold from time to time in one or more transactions, including negotiated transactions, at a fixed public offering price or at varying prices determined at the time of sale.
 
Unless otherwise set forth in the Prospectus Supplement, the obligations of the underwriters to purchase any series of new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities will be subject to certain conditions precedent and the underwriters will be obligated to purchase all of such series of new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities, if any are purchased.
 
Underwriters and agents may be entitled under agreements entered into with the Company and/or the applicable Trust to indemnification against certain civil liabilities, including liabilities under the 1933 Act. Underwriters and agents may engage in transactions with, or perform services for, the Company in the ordinary course of business.
 
Each series of new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities will be a new issue of securities and will have no established trading market. Any underwriters to whom new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities are sold for public offering and sale may make a market in such new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities, but such underwriters will not be obligated to do so and may discontinue any market making at any time without notice. The new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes or Preferred Securities may or may not be listed on a national securities exchange.
 
LEGAL MATTERS
 
Certain matters of Delaware law relating to the validity of the Preferred Securities will be passed upon on behalf of the Company and the Trusts by Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, Delaware, special Delaware counsel to the Company and the Trusts. The validity of the new Bonds, new Stock, Preference Stock, Depositary Shares, Senior Notes, Junior Subordinated Notes, Guarantees and certain matters relating to such securities will be passed upon on behalf of the Company by Balch & Bingham LLP, Birmingham, Alabama, and by Troutman Sanders LLP, Atlanta, Georgia. Certain legal matters will be passed upon for the underwriters by Dewey Ballantine LLP, New York, New York. From time to time Dewey Ballantine LLP acts as counsel to affiliates of the Company for some matters.
 
EXPERTS
 
The financial statements and the related financial statement schedule incorporated by reference in this Prospectus by reference from the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their reports, which are incorporated by reference and have been so incorporated in reliance upon the report of such firm given upon their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.


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(ALABAMA POWER LOGO)
 
2,000,000 Shares
 
6.50% Series Preference Stock
Non-Cumulative, Par Value $1 Per Share
(Stated Capital $25 Per Share)
 
PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT
October 15, 2007
 
Joint Book-Running Managers
 
 Banc of America Securities LLC Lehman Brothers