Gulf Power closing electricity plant in Sneads

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

“Nobody will lose their jobs,” said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power corporate communications manager. “These people are just too valuable to let go.”

At one time, Plant Scholz was Gulf Power’s flagship plant. Its two generating units can produce a total of 100 megawatts.

Butts said the community has known the plant would be closing, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

“We’re trying to get companies to locate here, and this makes it hard,” Butts said.

Stan Connally, president and CEO of Gulf Power, said the plant had been a productive member of the Gulf Power system.

“It’s provided affordable, reliable electricity for our customers for 60 years — and helped this region grow,” Connally said.

Even with the closure of the plant, Gulf Power still will be able to generate enough electricity to supply its customers in Northwest Florida. In addition, the utility is part of Southern Co. and interconnected with sister companies Georgia Power, Mississippi Power and Alabama Power.

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