South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) closed one of its Lowcountry coal-fired power plants.
Canadys Station near Walterboro, SC, stopped generating electricity last week. The plant had been in service more than 50 years and its closing is part of the company’s efforts to reduce emissions.
There are three coal-fired units at the plant and one was retired late last year. SCE&G planned to convert the other two units to natural gas before finally retiring them in 2017. But after looking at the costs, officials decided they would close the plant this year.
SCE&G Chief Operating Officer Steve Byrne said retiring older coal-fired plants and adding nuclear generation helps the utility meet tighter environmental regulations and achieve more balance in generating power.