Alabama Power, a part of Southern Company, supplies electricity to more than 1 million homes, businesses and industries in southern Alabama. It owns and operates more than 80 electric generating units. The company also maintains an economic development department. Founded in 1906, Alabama Power s hydroelectric generating plants have created several lakes on the Tallapoosa, Coosa and Warrior rivers. It maintains a staff of over 6,700 individuals. In addition, the company serves architects, engineers, builders, developers and property managers. Alabama Power administers land management programs to preserve the natural heritage. It generates electricity from coal, hydro, natural gas, oil and nuclear sources. The company additionally supports community organizations.