Familiar I-70 landmark topples after implosion

By: Joseph Dames Email
By: Joseph Dames Email

This morning Xcel Energy crews took down a very familiar landmark in Cameo: the old power plant that was shut down.

Implosion took place at 7 Wednesday morning and wrapped up by 7:30 after Xcel crews and demolition specialist sent the stacks up in smoke.

After upgrading the plant to solar power panels, the plant was deactivated in December of 2011. Ultimately though, Xcel officials say the plant was outdated and didn't keep up with newer plants.

"We built Comanche three, which is a 1000 megawatt coal plant down in Pueblo, and so when that was built, it made this power plant obsolete because of old technologies and efficiencies", said Fred Eggleston of Xcel Energy.

Xcel brought the coal power plant to Cameo in 1956, as the area is rich in coal. The power plant property covered a total of 1100 acres.

The dismantling was done by the Ontario Specialty Corporation, with local businesses providing labor.

Additionally, the scrap metal from the power plant was shipped to VanGundy's here in Grand Junction.

Plans for the site are unclear. Right now, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for public input on building a shooting range there. You can give your opinion by clicking the link below.

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