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Work continues on deconstruction of former Iowa power plant

November 1, 2018 GMT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Crews have been spending months slowly deconstructing a former power plant in Dubuque, but their efforts only recently became noticeable after taking down a pair of towering stacks.

Alliant Energy’s Dubuque Generating Station stopped creating power more than a year ago, The Telegraph Herald reported . The facility, which was built in the 1880s, primarily used coal until it transitioned to natural gas in 2011.


The building will be deconstructed “carefully and meticulously,” said Jill Stevens, Alliant’s manager of environmental and decommissioning services. Crews recently began focusing on the building’s exterior.

″(The deconstruction procedures of) all power plants are complicated, and they are risky,” she said. “They have big, heavy pieces of equipment. It can be dangerous, and you need to have people who know what they are doing.”

The decommissioning symbolizes the company’s shift toward a cleaner-energy future, said Mike Wagner, a spokesman for Alliant. The company has also installed more than 15,000 solar panels on a 21-acre site in the area.

“We are shifting away from smaller, older, coal- and natural-gas-burning facilities,” Wagner said. “And we are shifting to wind, solar and newer, larger natural-gas generating facilities.”

The deconstruction work will be complete by March, Wagner said. The company is unsure what they’ll do with the site, he said.

“This is a very popular economic area,” he said. “There are lots of people who have interest in it. Now we are in talks and conversations to figure out what to do next. At the moment, we don’t have anything we can say.”


Information from: Telegraph Herald,