Since beginning work on Lay Dam in 1912, Alabama Power has played an important role in water management across the state. With 14 hydro facilities on the Coosa, Tallapoosa and Black Warrior rivers, we strive to meet the needs of lake-goers and property owners who enjoy the recreation these lakes provide; the many species and ecosystems that depend on their habitat; and the state, by providing low-cost renewable energy and supporting the local economies these lakes sustain.
Our hydroelectric plants provide about 6 percent of the company’s power generation. These dams impound more than 157,000 acres of water and provide more than 3,500 miles of shoreline for the use and enjoyment of the public.
Largely because of its existing hydro generation, the state of Alabama is ranked sixth in the nation for renewable energy capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Since its first dam began operations in 1914, Alabama Power has strived to operate its dams and maintain the beauty of its reservoirs “For the service of Alabama.”
Alabama Power was founded on renewable hydro energy, which remains one of the cleanest, most environmentally safe and affordable sources of energy available.
Using the harnessed power of falling water, Alabama Power’s hydroelectric facilities are able to produce energy for more than 400,000 homes.