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safe_image for Avon Lake power plant to close, city officials say
It currently operates less than 50 days per year with 50 employees. It should close in the Fall of 2021. The good news is that it opens up some prime lakeshore property.
The plant was built in 1926, but the 680 MW unit that is currently operating, Unit 9, was built in 1970. Unit 7 (86 MW) was built in 1949 and retired in 2016.The plant is operating with a "Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) extension granted by the Ohio EPA." The property taxes were already reduced in 2017. [gem] Given the unit numbers, several smaller units were built and replaced over the life of the plant.
ClevelandHistorical, one of eight images
On July 31, 1926, this rotor was installed into the final turbo generator of C.E.I.'s power station in Avon Lake.
Image courtesy of Cleveland State University. Michael Schwartz Library. Special Collections.
"When it opened , the Avon Lake plant became the largest of its kind in the world, capable of producing a magnificent 400,000 horsepower." [ClevelandHistorical, Matt Sisson] (400k hp is 300kw. According to some photos, the old part had four smokestacks so that was built with 75mw units.)
In 1963 the bleeding edge transmission voltage was evidently 354k. [ClevelandHistorical-photo3] By 1965 the generating units were up to 250kw. [ClevelandHistorical-photo4]
Once again, a subject will be disappearing so I saved some satellite images.
It has a long, skinny coal storage pile.
How much of this becomes condos vs. a public park remains to be seen. The city hopes that Federal money will help cleanup the brownland.
This article first appeared on towns-and-nature.blogspot.com
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