Alabama Power Getting Stimulus Money for Updates

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy is allocating up to $6 million of federal stimulus money to help Alabama Power Co. upgrade electrical generating units at three dams on the Coosa River.

Alabama Power spokesman Michael Sznajderman says the $6 million
will help with a $30 million project to upgrade two generating units at Lay Dam, one at Bouldin Dam and one at Jordan Dam. He said Thursday the power company should let bids for the project soon.

The Department of Energy said replacing equipment that is 40 or more years old should increase the electrical generation at the dams by more than 7 percent.

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