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Santee Cooper retiring 4 coal-fired units

Staff Report
Published Dec. 17, 2012

Santee Cooper has announced the permanent retirement of both generating units at Grainger Generating Station and the two coal-fired generating units at Jefferies Generating Station, effective Dec. 31.

The closures follow an October decision by Santee Cooper’s board of directors, which authorized the retirement of both coal-fired units at Grainger, located in Conway, and four generating units at Jefferies Generating Station in Moncks Corner.

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That decision was in response to changing generation needs and expensive new environmental regulations that would require significant upgrades at those stations, Santee Cooper said. The units are Santee Cooper’s oldest and smallest generating stations.

The Jefferies hydroelectric units will not be impacted.

Santee Cooper is relocating affected Jefferies employees to other positions made available through attrition, so no layoffs are anticipated, the state-owned utility said.

Grainger has been idle since the spring and most employees have already been relocated from that station.

Moncks Corner-based Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility, and the state’s largest power producer, serving 2 million electricity consumers.

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