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South Carolina utility looks to close the books on its coal generation

first_imgSouth Carolina utility looks to close the books on its coal generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The State:Santee Cooper plans to shut down one of its two remaining coal-fired power stations in the next decade and cut about 200 jobs as the state-owned utility moves to eliminate coal as an energy source altogether, company officials said this week.Many workers whose jobs would be cut during the next 10 years will be offered other positions at Santee Cooper, which will rely increasingly on solar power and energy efficiency to help transition the company away from coal, said Mark Bonsall, the company’s new chief executive.Bonsall’s plan to eliminate coal-fired generation comes at a time of uncertainty about the power company’s future. Gov. Henry McMaster is pushing to sell Santee Cooper to help pay off the debt the company incurred from a nuclear construction project failure that soaked ratepayers for billions of dollars. Santee Cooper and partner SCE&G quit the nuclear project two years ago.It was unclear what impact plans to eliminate coal would have in swaying legislators to keep the company as a state-owned utility or sell it to an investor-owned energy company. No decision would be made until next year, at the earliest.Company executives declined to say which of Santee Cooper’s remaining coal plants would be the first to go, but will provide more details of their plan during a Wednesday morning meeting with coal plant workers. The company’s two coal-fired power stations are in Georgetown south of Myrtle Beach and at Cross on Lake Moultrie, near the company’s headquarters in Moncks Corner. Much of Santee Cooper’s power is supplied by nuclear and natural gas, in addition to coal.“It [coal] doesn’t make any sense either economically or environmentally,’’ Bonsall said in an interview with The State. “It’s nice to be able to move in directions that are good all the way around.’’ After one of the two remaining power stations is shuttered, the company will study when to close the other facility. “Eventually it will all be phased out,’’ he said.More: Coal jobs being cut at Santee Cooper as utility moves to shutter power plantslast_img read more

Softball To Now Play Friday Doubleheader At Missouri State

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University softball team will now play Missouri State on Friday in a doubleheader with first pitch of game one set for 12 p.m. The series was moved up a day due to potential rain the Springfield area. The teams will play the series finale on Saturday at 11 a.m. Following the Missouri State series, Drake returns to Buel Field on Tuesday, May 2 to host Iowa at 6 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img