Ga. utility shutters power units to meet state regulations

 Ga. utility shutters power units to meet state regulations

Caption: Plant Branch

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), is shuttering coal and oil powered units throughout the state as part of a plan that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Georgia Power spokesman Brian Green says Plant Branch in middle Georgia was shut down Wednesday. Green says five units at Plant Yates in Newnan are also being closed and two will be converted to natural gas. Green says two units at Plant McManus in Brunswick will also be shut down.

Green says the closures are part of a larger effort to meet current and future Georgia Environmental Protection Division pollution regulations.

Green says the utility's plans to demolish or lease property the shuttered units sit on are under review.

Georgia Power announced plans to close certain units in 2013.

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