Watch Implosion Topple Florida Coal-Fired Plant

A six-month-long project to demolish the last coal-fired unit at Lakeland Electric's C.D. McIntosh Power Plant in Lakeland, Florida, reached a mile...

January 14, 2023
5:10 PM

A six-month-long project to demolish the last coal-fired unit at Lakeland Electric's C.D. McIntosh Power Plant in Lakeland, Florida, reached a milestone on Jan. 14 with the implosion of the facility's 260-foot stack and 90-foot selective catalytic reduction unit (video below). Unit 3 at McIntosh, the plant's last operating coal-fired unit, was closed in 2021, three years earlier than originally planned. Lakeland Electric owned the plant along with the Orlando Utilities Commission. A Lakeland Electric executive in late 2020 said the decision to close the plant was driven by increasingly higher costs to make repairs at the site, along with the plant's declining efficiency.

Darrell Proctor