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3:00pm New Lowman Energy Center will help Wiregrass Electric Cooperative remain reliable for years to come

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Mar 26 2024 3:00 PM

Leroy, Ala. – PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, a generation & transmission cooperative serving Wiregrass Electric Cooperative’s wholesale power needs, officially dedicated the new, state-of-the-art Lowman Energy Center (LEC) in a special ceremony on March 22.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey attended the event to celebrate the 710-megawatt natural gas facility, which began commercial operation on Sept. 20, 2023.

“History is being made today,” Ivey said of LEC’s completion, referencing LEC’s status as one of the most efficient power plants in the United States. “America’s future is dependent upon its access to

abundant industry, including electricity. Economic development and thousands of new, good-paying jobs, both here in Alabama and for our neighbors in Florida, are directly tied to projects like the

Lowman Energy Center.”

Wiregrass Electric Cooperative’s CEO, Brad Kimbro, was on site to celebrate the dedication of the plant, which replaces the historic coal-fired Charles R. Lowman Power Plant that had operated for 51 years.

“LEC is a tremendous accomplishment for PowerSouth and a blessing for our area,” said Brad Kimbro. “The power it generates will supply our members around-the-clock, especially on cold winter mornings or extremely hot summer afternoons when other generation sources may not be available. Natural gas is also abundant and, for the most part, affordable, so LEC will help to keep down our members’ electric bills as much as possible.”

PowerSouth’s President & CEO, Gary Smith, said the plant will be a workhorse in supporting the cooperative’s mission to provide reliable and affordable power to its members.

“LEC is not only very efficient, but it also has access to a very good, affordable gas supply,” Smith said. “PowerSouth has 20 members in Alabama and Florida, and I want to thank them for their confidence and support in allowing us to move forward in building this plant. It will be there for them to serve their wholesale power needs for decades. We are excited about LEC, and excited about the future.”

Collectively, PowerSouth provides power to Wiregrass Electric Cooperative and 19 other distribution members, and these members supply safe, reliable, affordable power to more than a million end-of-line members.

About Wiregrass Electric Cooperative

Wiregrass Electric Cooperative is an electric distribution system located in southeast Alabama with more than 3,200 miles of power lines providing reliable and affordable electricity and energy solutions to approximately 26,000 homes and businesses in Houston, Geneva, Covington, Dale and Coffee counties. For more information, visit

Pictured left to right in the above photo is David Bailey – CEO South Alabama Electric Cooperative, Brad Kimbro – CEO Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, Jeff Hodges – CEO Pea River Electric Cooperative.

3:00pm New Lowman Energy Center will help Wiregrass Electric Cooperative remain reliable for years to come

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