ATLANTA (AP) -- The chairman of the Putnam County Commissioners
has warned state utility regulators that closing units at a coal-fired power plant will cost local jobs and tax revenue.
County Chairman Tom Thompson told members of the Public Service
Commission that allowing Georgia Power to close two units at Plant
Branch will eliminate 63 jobs.
The utility has asked the PSC for permission to close the units
rather than upgrade them to meet new pollution rules. The company
has not yet decided whether to close two additional generators at
the site. If all close, Thompson said it would eliminate 273 jobs
and $4.5 million in tax revenue.
The utility made its request as part of its plan to meet the
state's electricity needs in the coming years.