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Georgia Power to file decertification request, run Plant Mitchell on two units

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia Power has announced that it plans to file a request this year with the Georgia Public Service Commission to decertify Unit 3 at Plant Mitchell in Albany, GA.

The company is also canceling the conversion of the coal-fired unit to biomass.

Officials said Friday that if the request is approved, the 155 megawatt plant would be retired by April 16, 2015, which is the compliance date of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Rule. The impact of retirement would affect 25 of the 33 employees on the site.

In a release, Georgia Power said the move to convert the unit from coal-fired to biomass was deemed to not be cost effective for its customers.

Officials say if the request is approved, all 32 employees at the plant would not be needed.  Georgia Power Albany Area Manager Jay Smith said "It will be a small group, probably 5 to 7 people. But there will be some people still on site, and we will still have facilities here in Dougherty County."

Since 2008 Georgia Power has worked to convert that unit to biomass generation but said today the cost to meet the 2015 EPA's environmental compliance standards would be too much.


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