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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Power plant tour

Springfield's municipally owned electric plant is set to give tours of the new construction. From yesterday's breaking news (no link yet):

City Water, Light and Power will give public tours of the construction site of the new electric generator on Sunday, Oct. 28.
The tour will allow residents, the owners of the utility, to see the progress of the construction work that started last year, said Mayor Tim Davlin in a news release.
The tours will be between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. Reservations are not required.
Anyone wanting to take the tour should park in the lots next to the security stations.
People taking the tour will see a short video. Trams will take visitors to look at the construction work. Visitors will stay on the tram as utility and construction company officials explain the work.

Obviously, because it's a construction site, they can't let people go wandering around the grounds. And, I'm kind of surprised that in this "post-9/11 world" they're even allowing the public on the grounds at the plant.

I took the tour of the old plant several years ago (about 1991) with my mom, my brother, his wife, and our kids. It was really awesome. On that tour they did allow a limited amount of wandering. We got to see everything from mountains of coal on the ground to a display of electricity being made. They had a short electric pole that kids could climb up on with a safety belt and get their picture taken. People got to go up in bucket trucks. My favorite part was standing next to an operating turbine. Thrilling! Afterwards, they had cookies and punch and you could mill around and talk to the workers. Very cool.

Take the tour and learn something.

Posted by Marie at October 13, 2007 12:32 PM