Ga. power shutdown request would close 3 plants

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm •  Published: January 7, 2013

At Plant Yates, the company plans to shut down five coal-fired generating units and convert the remaining two units to natural gas.

In a statement, Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers said, "These decisions were made after extensive analysis and are necessary in order for us to maintain our commitment to provide the most reliable and affordable electricity to our customers." Bowers added that company representatives are aware of the impacts the planned shutdowns will have on local communities.

The Georgia Sierra Club called the planned shutdowns a victory for clean air and public health.

"If the company chooses to replace this capacity with home-grown, twenty-first century energy technology like solar and wind, their decision will also be good for Georgia jobs," Seth Gunning, a Georgia Sierra Club Beyond Coal organizer said in a statement, "Moving beyond coal and oil is the right decision for Georgia Power."