Coal-fired units could be closed at Georgia Power

Plant Branch coal-fired power plant Georgia Power Southern Company

Georgia Power plans to shut down three coal-fired units within the next two years, parent company Southern Co. said in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The utility intends to close one unit at Plant Branch in Milledgeville by October 2013 and another one by December. A third unit at an unnamed power plant also would be closed, the article said.

The company reportedly plans to cut an additional 2,600 MW from its system through energy efficient programs.

The decision to close the coal-fired units is reportedly based on pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules that would require the utility to install emission control technology.

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