Santee Cooper retires units for first time

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's state-owned utility is retiring 6 of its units for the first time since it started generating electricity 70 years ago.

The Santee Cooper board on Friday authorized the retirement of 4 coal-powered and two oil-powered generating units. The decision was made after considering the cost of complying with more stringent environmental regulations.

The units are located at the Jefferies Generating Station in Moncks Corner and the Grainger Generating Station in Conway. There's no timetable for retiring the units, although the Conway station has been off line since earlier this year as the utility evaluated the impact of new federal air emission standards.

Santee Cooper said no layoffs are expected because employees at the plants will be moved to other jobs that have opened up through attrition.

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