ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power said Monday that it will ask state regulators for approval to shut down three coal- or oil-fired power plants and sharply reduce operations at a fourth, a move that would affect about 480 employees.
If approved, the plan would shutter Plant Branch in Milledgeville, Plant Kraft in Port Wentworth and Plant McManus in Brunswick, while curtailing operations at Plant Yates in Newnan. The company's request to decertify and retire at total of 15 units at the four plants will be included in a filing with the Georgia Public Service Commission on Jan. 31.
Georgia Power says factors including economic conditions, lower natural gas prices and costs to comply with environmental regulations contributed to the decision. Company representatives could not provide details on the costs associated with complying with environmental regulations
Company spokesman Mark Williams said 480 Georgia Power employees will be impacted by the planned shutdowns.
"They were informed this morning; they were told before anybody else," he said. "The plan now is to achieve all these reductions either through attrition or relocation."
Georgia Power plans to shut down the units by April of 2015 at all of the plants except Plant Kraft, which will be closed by April of 2016.