WPS to shut down 2 coal units

File photo.
File photo.
GREEN BAY - Wisconsin Public Service plans to shut down two coal-fired electric generating units.

Two of the four currently operating units at the J.P. Pulliam plant in Green Bay would be shut down, according to plans WPS has submitted to a transmission system serving much of the Midwest. WPS had previously agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shut down or modify the two units, which were built in 1949 and 1951.

The units being shut down generate a combined 112 megawatts of electricity, WPS says. The plant's two units that will keep running generate 200 megawatts, with a natural gas turbine generating another 82 megawatts when needed.

The shutdown is expected to reduce WPS' staff by 10 jobs.