File No. 70-8789

                             Washington, D. C. 20549

                                 Amendment No. 4
                        (Post-Effective Amendment No. 2)
                                    FORM U-1

                           APPLICATION OR DECLARATION


                 The Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935

                              THE SOUTHERN COMPANY
                           270 Peachtree Street, N.W.
                             Atlanta, Georgia 30303

               (Name of company or companies filing this statement
                  and addresses of principal executive offices)

                              THE SOUTHERN COMPANY

                (Name of top registered holding company parent of
                          each applicant or declarant)

                            Tommy Chisholm, Secretary
                              The Southern Company
                           270 Peachtree Street, N.W.
                             Atlanta, Georgia 30303

                   (Names and addresses of agents for service)

         The Commission is requested to mail signed copies of all orders,
notices and communications to the above agents for service and to:

      W. L. Westbrook                                  John D. McLanahan, Esq.
 Financial Vice President                               Troutman Sanders LLP
   The Southern Company                              600 Peachtree Street, N.E.
270 Peachtree Street, N.W.                                   Suite 5200
  Atlanta, Georgia 30303                             Atlanta, Georgia 30308-2216

Item 1.       Description of Proposed Transactions.

         The information previously set forth in Item 1 in this proceeding is
hereby deleted and replaced with the following:

         1.1 Summary. The Southern Company ("Southern") is a registered holding
company under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended (the
"Act"). Pursuant to an order dated March 13, 1996 (Holding Company Act Rel. No.
26489), Southern is currently authorized to issue and sell from time to time,
prior to April 1, 2001, short-term and/or term-loan notes to lenders and
commercial paper to dealers in an aggregate principal amount at any one time
outstanding of up to $2 billion.1 At December 31, 2000, commercial paper and
notes evidencing bank borrowings in an aggregate principal amount of
$558,000,000 were outstanding under such authorization.2

         Southern now requests an extension of the authorization period to April
1, 2008. Southern proposes to use the proceeds of short-term and term-loan notes
and/or commercial paper sales to invest in subsidiaries in accordance with
authorizations obtained in separate proceedings, to make additional investments,
directly or indirectly, in one or more "exempt wholesale generators" (each, an
"EWG") and "foreign utility companies" (each, a "FUCO"), subject to the
investment limitation as may be allowed in File No. 70-8725 or otherwise


1 At September 30, 2000, the maximum aggregate principal amount of notes that
may be issued pursuant to the exemption from the provisions of Section 6(a) of
the Act afforded by the first sentence of Section 6(b) was $175,155,577.

2 Effective September 28, 1995, Southern established a commercial paper program
with J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc., Lehman Brothers, Inc. and Morgan Stanley &
Co. Incorporated, as dealers. At December 31, 2000, Southern had issued and
outstanding commercial paper notes in an aggregate principal amount of

authorized by the Commission, and to pay for environmental or other
contingencies. It is proposed that any debt issued will be unsecured.

         1.2 Credit Facilities. Southern proposes to effect borrowings from one
or more banks or other lending institutions, provided that the aggregate amount
of borrowings by Southern from such institutions, together with the aggregate
amount of commercial paper at any time issued and outstanding, will not exceed
$2 billion. Such borrowings will be evidenced by notes to be dated as of the
date of such borrowings and to mature in not more than seven (7) years after the
date of issue, or by "grid" notes evidencing all outstanding borrowings from
each lender to be dated as of the date of the initial borrowings and to mature
in not more than seven (7) years after the date of issue. Southern proposes that
it may provide that any note evidencing such borrowings may not be prepayable,
or that it may be prepaid with payment of a premium that is not in excess of the
stated interest rate on the note to be prepaid, which premium, in the case of a
note having a maturity of more than one year, would generally thereafter decline
to the date of the note's final maturity.

         Borrowings from the lending institutions will be at the lender's
prevailing rate offered to corporate borrowers of similar quality, which will
not exceed the prime rate or (i) LIBOR plus up to 3%, or (ii) a rate not to
exceed the prime rate to be established by bids obtained from the lenders prior
to a proposed borrowing.

         Southern may pay a commitment fee based upon the unused portion of each
lender's commitment. The total fee is determined by multiplying the unused


portion of the lender's commitment by up to 1/2 of 1%. Compensating balances may
be used in lieu of fees to compensate certain of the lenders.3

         1.3 Commercial Paper Sales to or through Dealers. Southern also
proposes that its authority to issue and sell commercial paper to or through
dealers from time to time be extended to April 1, 2008. Such commercial paper
will be in the form of promissory notes with varying maturities not to exceed
one year, which maturities may be subject to extension to a final maturity not
to exceed 390 days. Actual maturities will be determined by market conditions,
the effective interest costs and Southern's anticipated cash flow, including the
proceeds of other borrowings, at the time of issuance. The commercial paper
notes will be issued in denominations of not less than $50,000 and will not by
their terms be prepayable prior to maturity.

         The commercial paper will be sold by Southern directly to or through a
dealer or dealers (the "dealer"). The discount rate (or the interest rate in the
case of interest-bearing notes), including any commissions, will not be in
excess of the discount rate per annum (or equivalent interest rate) prevailing
at the date of issuance for commercial paper of comparable quality of the
particular maturity sold by issuers thereof to commercial paper dealers.

         No commission or fee will be payable in connection with the issuance
and sale of commercial paper, except for a commission not to exceed 1/8 of 1%
per annum payable to the dealer in respect of commercial paper sold through the
dealer as principal. The dealer will reoffer such commercial paper at a discount
rate of up to 1/8 of 1% per annum less than the prevailing discount rate to the
issuer or at an equivalent cost if sold on an interest-bearing basis.


3 Currently, Southern has two syndicated credit facilities with 34 banks
totaling commitments of $2.1 billion, as well as several uncommitted facilities.


         Each certificate under Rule 24 with respect to the issue and sale of
commercial paper will include the name or names of the commercial paper dealers,
the amount of commercial paper outstanding as of the end of each quarter and
information with respect to the discount rate and interest rate.

         1.4 Use of Proceeds. Southern proposes that the proceeds of the
short-term and term-loan notes and/or commercial paper for which Southern is
hereby requesting an extension of authorization be utilized to acquire the
securities of associate companies in transactions that are exempt from Section
9(a)(1) of the Act pursuant to Rule 52(d), to make capital contributions or open
account advances to subsidiaries in transactions that are exempt from Section
12(b) of the Act pursuant to Rule 45(b)(4), to acquire the securities of one or
more EWGs, FUCOs or "exempt telecommunications companies" in transactions that
are exempt from the application requirements of the Act pursuant to Section
32(g), Section 33(c) or Section 34(d) of the Act, as applicable, and/or as
authorized pursuant to orders of the Commission issued in separate proceedings
or as permitted under other rules of general applicability (including general
corporate purposes such as repayment of indebtedness). Southern states that it
will not use any portion of the proceeds from the borrowings and/or commercial
paper sales for which authority is sought to be extended herein to make
investments in subsidiaries, except in accordance with and subject to any
limitations contained in the Commission's orders granting the applications in
those related proceedings and/or in accordance with any applicable exemption,
including Rules 45(b) and 52.


         A portion of the borrowings and commercial paper for which Southern is
hereby requesting an extension of authorization is required to enable Southern
to fund possible future investments in EWGs and FUCOs, subject to any investment
limitation as may be provided by the Commission, and for bridge financing for
other equity investments in Southern's wholesale generation subsidiary. Southern
may also use a portion of such borrowings and commercial paper to pay for
environmental or other contingencies.

         1.5 Retirement of Notes. Any short-term borrowings outstanding
hereunder after March 31, 2008 will be retired from internal sources of cash or
the proceeds of financings heretofore or hereafter approved in separate filings,
including but not limited to File Nos. 70-8277 and 70-8435, refinancings of EWG
and FUCO indebtedness on a non-recourse basis and other distributions from EWGs
and FUCOs.

         1.6 Filing of Certificates. Southern hereby requests authority to file
certificates of notification under Rule 24 relating to the financing
transactions proposed herein on a quarterly basis (within 45 days following the
close of each calendar quarter).



         Pursuant to the requirements of the Public Utility Holding Company Act
of 1935, the undersigned company has duly caused this amendment to be signed on
its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Dated: February 9, 2001                         THE SOUTHERN COMPANY

                                                By  /s/Tommy Chisholm
                                                      Tommy Chisholm