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COPY-Southern Company buying two power plants

ATLANTA Southern Company announced today that it plans to buy a pair of electric generating plants -- one in Florida and the other in North Carolina.

The total purchase price for both facilities is about 405 (m) million dollars -- according to the company.

Southern Company -- the parent company of several electricity providers including Georgia Power -- plans to purchase the DeSoto County Energy Complex in Florida and the Rowan County Energy Complex in North Carolina.

A company spokesman says North Carolina's Progress Energy Incorporated is selling the plants.

DeSoto, located in Arcadia, Florida -- about 40 miles southeast of Sarasota -- consists of two 160-megawatt combustion turbine generating units, primarily fueled by natural gas.

Rowan is located in Salisbury, North Carolina, approximately 50 miles northeast of Charlotte, and consists of three simple-cycle, natural gas-fueled generating units and a combined-cycle unit totaling 925 megawatts of generating capacity.

Southern Company also owns Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric.

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