To: Document Control Office
Securities and Exchange Commission
450 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20549 October 31, 2000

Dear SEC,

I, Robert B. Mills, am an owner of 90 shares of The Southern Company stock , verification of which is enclosed. I will retain ownership of this stock through the date of the 2001 annual meeting.

I hereby notify you of my intention to file the enclosed proposal entitled INVEST IN CLEAN ENERGY (ICE) for consideration at the next annual meeting, and for inclusion in the Company's proxy statement, in accordance with rule 14-a-8 of the General Rules and Regulations of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (as amended).

Please note that my address has changed since last year.
From: Robert B. Mills
1233 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-4282 and

Cc: The Southern Company
Encl: ICE proposal and copy of stock certificate