Gulf Power marks closing of Scholz coal plant

Gulf Power held a closing ceremony on June 26 for Plant Scholz, a coal-fired electric generating plant in Sneads, Florida that was retired in April.

In operation since 1953, it was Gulf Power’s smallest electric generating plant, but the employees at Plant Scholz have made it a key part of the community — not just as an employer or a tax base, but as part of the support within the community.

Approximately 165 Gulf Power employees, retirees and their families gathered for the ceremony where several spoke about the employees’ dedication. Plant Manager Mike Smith recognized the last 17 employees who had operated the plant.

There has not been a recordable injury or accident at Plant Scholz since 2000, and the plant has consistently been a leader throughout Southern Company, Gulf Power’s parent company, for reliability.

The plant is named for Herbert J. “Hub” Scholz, who was chief design engineer for what was originally to be called the River Junction Steam Plant.