The federal utility released video Friday of blasts that took down the massive structures at the old Widows Creek Fossil Plant near Stevenson.
3-2-1 boom! The 500-foot stacks and boilers at the retired Widows Creek Fossil Plant near Stevenson, Ala., come crashing down as we make room for the future. We salute the dedicated employees who staffed the plant over the past 60 years. Learn more https://t.co/uQzEML1S6y pic.twitter.com/7kslEpXI7N
— Tennessee Valley Authority (@TVAnews) September 27, 2019
Explosives also demolished two boilers at the old generating station, which is now home to a data center.
The plant was closed in 2015 as part of the TVA’s move to reduce its dependence on coal to make electricity. It has closed five fossil-fuel plants over the last seven years and plans to shut down two more within the next 12 years.
The TVA provides power for nearly 10 million people in seven southeastern states.