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Ga. PSC unanimously approves Southern, AGL merger settlement

TheGeorgia Public Service Commission on April 14 unanimously approved a settlementagreement on the acquisition of AGLResources Inc. by SouthernCo.

Thecompanies announced thesettlement, reached with most intervenors and regulatory staff, onApril 4. In a brief administrative session April 14, commissioners praised theagreement for locking in Southern subsidiary Georgia Power Co.'s rates for three years. As part ofthe settlement, Georgia Power will be required to file its next retail ratecase in July 2019.

Otherstipulations require Georgia Power and SouthstarEnergy Services LLC, which does business as Georgia Natural Gas, tokeep their operations separate for three years, particularly regarding salesteams, billing, gas marketing and customer service representatives. Thesettlement also prohibits the utilities from passing merger transition coststhrough to ratepayers and allocates how merger savings must be shared withcustomers.

Southernand AGL plan to close the merger during the second half of 2016. (GeorgiaDocket No. 39971)