Washington, D. C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)March 19, 2021

File Number
State of Incorporation,
Address and Telephone Number
I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.
1-3526The Southern Company58-0690070
(A Delaware Corporation)
30 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
(404) 506-5000
1-6468Georgia Power Company58-0257110
(A Georgia Corporation)
241 Ralph McGill Boulevard, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
(404) 506-6526

The names and addresses of the registrants have not changed since the last report.

This combined Form 8-K is furnished separately by two registrants: The Southern Company and Georgia Power Company. Information contained herein relating to each registrant is furnished by each registrant solely on its own behalf. Each registrant makes no representation as to information relating to the other registrants.

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrants under any of the following provisions:

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

RegistrantTitle of each classTrading
Name of each exchange
on which registered
The Southern CompanyCommon Stock, par value $5 per shareSONew York Stock Exchange
The Southern CompanySeries 2016A 5.25% Junior Subordinated Notes due 2076SOJBNew York Stock Exchange
The Southern CompanySeries 2017B 5.25% Junior Subordinated Notes due 2077SOJCNew York Stock Exchange
The Southern Company2019 Series A Corporate UnitsSOLNNew York Stock Exchange
The Southern CompanySeries 2020A 4.95% Junior Subordinated Notes due 2080SOJDNew York Stock Exchange
The Southern Company
Series 2020C 4.20% Junior Subordinated Notes due 2060
SOJENew York Stock Exchange
Georgia Power CompanySeries 2017A 5.00% Junior Subordinated Notes due 2077GPJANew York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter). (Response applicable to each registrant)
Emerging growth company  
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

Item 8.01        Other Events.
On March 19, 2021, Georgia Power Company (“Georgia Power”) announced that Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. (“Southern Nuclear”) has identified, and is in the process of completing, additional construction remediation work, primarily related to electrical commodity installations, necessary to ensure quality and design standards are met as system turnovers are completed prior to starting hot functional testing and fuel load for Plant Vogtle Unit 3. As a result, Georgia Power now expects the start of hot functional testing for Unit 3 will be delayed into April.
As part of its ongoing prioritization of safety and quality, Southern Nuclear has existing processes designed to assure compliance with the requirements specified in the Westinghouse Electric Company LLC Design Control Document and the combined construction and operating licenses, including inspections and reviews by Southern Nuclear and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (“NRC”) that occur throughout construction. Considering the recent identification of additional construction remediation work, Southern Nuclear is reviewing the project’s construction quality programs and, where needed, implementing improvement plans consistent with these processes. Findings resulting from such reviews and inspections could require additional remediation.
While Southern Nuclear continues to target a November 2021 in-service date for Unit 3, the schedule is challenged and, after considering the factors above, a delay is likely and could add one month or more to the Unit 3 in-service date. Any schedule extension beyond November 2021 for Unit 3 is currently estimated to result in additional base capital costs for Georgia Power of approximately $25 million per month. Pursuant to a Georgia Public Service Commission (“PSC”) 2018 order, the return on equity used to calculate the Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery tariff for Unit 3 costs will be reduced by 10 basis points each month after June 1, 2021 (but not lower than Georgia Power's average cost of long-term debt) until Unit 3 is commercially operational.
The ultimate outcome of these matters cannot be determined at this time.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning the expected cost and schedule for completion of construction and start-up of Plant Vogtle Unit 3. The Southern Company (“Southern Company”) and Georgia Power caution that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Southern Company and Georgia Power; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Southern Company’s and Georgia Power's Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the potential effects of the continued COVID-19 pandemic; the ability to control costs and avoid cost and schedule overruns during the development, construction, and operation of facilities or other projects, including Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4, which includes components based on new technology that only within the last few years began initial operation in the global nuclear industry at this scale, due to current and future challenges which include, but are not limited to, changes in labor costs, availability and productivity, challenges with management of contractors or vendors, subcontractor performance, adverse weather conditions, shortages, delays, increased costs, or inconsistent quality of equipment, materials, and labor, contractor or supplier delay, delays due to judicial or regulatory action, nonperformance under construction, operating, or other agreements, operational readiness, including specialized operator training and required site safety programs, engineering or design problems, design and other licensing-based compliance matters, including inspections and the timely submittal by Southern Nuclear of the Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria documentation for each unit and the related reviews and approvals by the NRC necessary to support NRC authorization to load fuel, challenges with start-up activities, including major equipment failure, or system integration, and/or operational performance, and challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the ability to overcome or mitigate the current challenges at Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4, that could further impact the cost and schedule for the project; legal proceedings and regulatory approvals and actions related to construction projects, such as Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4, including PSC approvals and NRC actions; under certain specified circumstances, a decision by holders of more than 10% of the ownership interests of Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 not to proceed with construction and the ability of other Vogtle owners to tender a portion of their ownership interests to Georgia Power following certain construction cost increases; the ability to construct facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses (including satisfaction of NRC requirements), to satisfy any environmental performance standards and the requirements of tax credits and other incentives, and to integrate facilities into the Southern Company system upon completion of construction; the inherent risks involved in operating and constructing nuclear generating facilities; the ability of counterparties of Georgia Power to make payments as and when due and to perform as required; the direct or indirect effect on Georgia Power's business resulting from cyber intrusion or physical attack and the threat of physical attacks; catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms, droughts, pandemic health events, political unrest or other similar occurrences; and the direct or indirect effects on Georgia Power's business resulting from incidents affecting the U.S. electric grid or operation of generating or storage resources. Southern Company and Georgia Power expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward–looking information.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each of the registrants has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date:   March 19, 2021THE SOUTHERN COMPANY

By/s/Melissa K. Caen
Melissa K. Caen
Assistant Secretary