No More Coal at Plant Gadsden
Alabama Power says that environmental regulations are forcing changes at one of its East Alabama facilities. The Alabama Power Steam Plant in Gadsden is expected to stop burning coal as of tomorrow and will only use natural gas in the future. According to a press release from the company, federal environmental mandates that restrict the types of fuel Plant Gadsden can use are behind the changes. Company officials say that retrofitting the 102-year old plant to meet new standards on coal is not cost-effective for their customers. The shift to the exclusive use of natural gas will not cause any job cuts at the facility which currently has 52 employees. Plant Gadsden uses steam to produce electricity for Alabama Power’s residential customers and provides steam to the Goodyear – Gadsden plant which is right next door to the facility.