Alabama Power reducing coal use at 3 plants

Alabama Power Sign (WIAT)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Power says it is cutting back on coal use at three generating plants because of federal environmental rules.

The utility said Friday it will close two coal-fired generating units at Plant Gorgas in Walker County. It’s also eliminating coal as a fuel at Plant Barry near Mobile and its Greene County plant west of Tuscaloosa.

About 60 jobs are reportedly being affected, but the utility says cuts will come from transfers and attrition, not layoffs.

The changes are supposed to be finished by 2016.

The announcement comes just days after hearings on the Obama administration’s plan to reduce carbon emissions.

Alabama Power says it spent about $3 billion to meet federal environmental rules over the last decade, and it’s spending another $1 billion to meet new air emission standards.

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