Washington, D. C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)        October 5, 2004

Commission          Registrant, State of Incorporation,      I.R.S. Employer
File Number         Address and Telephone Number             Identification No.

1-3526              The Southern Company                     58-0690070
                    (A Delaware Corporation)
                    270 Peachtree Street, N.W.
                    Atlanta, Georgia 30303
                    (404) 506-5000

1-3164              Alabama Power Company                    63-0004250
                    (An Alabama Corporation)
                    600 North 18th Street
                    Birmingham, Alabama 35291
                    (205) 257-1000

The addresses of the registrants have not changed since the last report.

This combined Form 8-K is filed separately by two registrants: The Southern
Company and Alabama Power Company. Information contained herein relating to each
registrant is filed by each registrant solely on its own behalf. Each registrant
makes no representation as to information relating to the other registrant.

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to
simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the
following provisions:

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         (17 CFR 230.425)

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         Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

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         Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Item 8.01.        Other Events.

         In the proceeding filed by Alabama Power Company ("Alabama Power") to
establish a rate mechanism for the recovery of retail costs associated with
environmental laws and regulations, described in the Current Report on Form 8-K
dated August 2, 2004, the Alabama Public Service Commission ("Alabama PSC"), on
October 5, 2004, voted to approve the rate mechanism as filed, to begin
operation in January 2005. In conjunction with the Alabama PSC's approval,
Alabama Power agreed to a moratorium until March 2007 on any retail rate
increase under the previously approved Rate Stabilization and Equalization Plan.
Any increase in March 2007 would be based upon the earned return on retail
common equity at December 31, 2006. See Note 3 to the financial statements of
Alabama Power and The Southern Company under "Retail Rate Adjustment Procedures"
and "Alabama Power Retail Rate Adjustment Procedures," respectively, in Item 8
of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 for
further information on the Rate Stabilization and Equalization Plan.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
each of the registrants has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf
by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date:     October 6, 2004


By /s/W. Dean Hudson                      By /s/Wayne Boston
    W. Dean Hudson                            Wayne Boston
     Comptroller                           Assistant Secretary