City Utilities shuts down three units at James River Power Station

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Due to several deciding factors including regulations and evolving power generating resources, CU has officially retired three of the five power generating units at James River Power Station.

The units, built between 1957 and 1960, were originally designed to operate on natural gas or coal and have provided exceptional service to the community far beyond their 30-year designed life expectancy.

The units went off-line in October 2015 when regulatory measures made further operations uneconomical. The units are not required for capacity purposes and retiring them reduces risk and cost for the customers of City Utilities.

Even with the retirement of the units, City Utilities maintains sufficient power generating capacity to meet the demands of our customers.

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Editor's note: The construction of the James River Power Station is the reason the James River was dammed to make Lake Springfield. The water in the lake cooled the generators.