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Mo. utility officially retires 3 units at James River plant

City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., has officially retired three of the five power generating units at the James River coal-fired power plant in Greene County, Mo.

The units, with a total generating capacity of 88 MW, were built between 1957 and 1960. The remaining two units totaling 165 MW will be retired in the next couple of years, The Springfield News-Leader reported May 28.

The first three units have not been in use since October 2015, "when regulatory measures made further operations uneconomical," the utility said in a May 25 statement, adding that the units were "not required for capacity purposes and retiring them reduces risk and cost for the customers of City Utilities."

The last two have not been in use since last summer.