Gulf Power closing electricity plant in Sneads

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:58 AM.

SNEADS — In this small rural town, jobs are hard to come by.

On Friday, it just got tougher.

The Gulf Power Plant Scholz, employing 22 people, will shutter its doors by April 2015.

Gulf Power Co. said stricter regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) forced the closure of Plant Scholz, which has operated since 1953. When Gulf Power evaluated the cost to retrofit the plant to meet EPA regulations, the utility decided it was in their customers’ best interest to close the plant.

Sneads City Manager Connie Butts said Friday she is disappointed the city in eastern Jackson County will be losing 22 jobs.

“It is a bit depressing,” Butts said.

Over the next two years, the plant will continue to operate. At the end of that time, plant employees who are not planning to retire will be transitioned to other jobs within the company.



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