SCE&G will close two coal plants early

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. says it will close two coal-powered generating stations near Walterboro by the end of the year.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported ( that SCE&G will close the plants at the Canadys Station four years ahead of the previous schedule. SCE&G originally had planned to covert the plants to use natural gas before retiring them in 2017.

The Cayce-based utility closed another coal-fired plant last year.

The plants are among the company’s oldest and smallest coal-fired plants, ranging 45 to 57 years old.

SCE&G’s Steve Byrne says retiring the plants will help the company meet stronger environmental regulations.

The two plants near Walterboro employ nearly 70 workers. Byrne says the utility will help them find other positions with the company.