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Rochester Public Utilities to remove cooling towers at Silver Lake Plant

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will begin removing the cooling towers at the Silver Lake Power Plant (SLP) on Tuesday, September 5th.

Demolition of the cooling towers and work associated with the demolition is scheduled to take approximately 17 days to complete. The cooling towers have not been operational since RPU ceased coal-fired generation at the plant back in November 2013. Removing the cooling towers is necessary due to them being a fire hazard and posing operation issues.

For more information regarding the project, contact Tony Benson at 507.280.1534.

About Rochester Public Utilities

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 36,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.