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Watch demolition of FPL Martin County power plant stack

Florida Power and light will implode a long-standing power plant in Martin County.
The coal powered plant in Indiantown was built in the 1990’s and used as an energy source for more than 20 years.
In fact it is the last coal power plant in Florida.
The plant was built in 1995 and purchased by FPL from Calypso Energy in 2016 with plans to ultimately shut it down. FPL said the plant has not been used for at least two years.
The chimney stack stands at 490 feet and will be demolished with 171 pounds of explosives.
One the dynamite explodes the stack is expected to fall in less than 20 seconds.

“We’re saying goodbye to coal. This is our last coal-fired plant in the state of Florida. This is the next step in our 20-year modernization story of providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers,” said FPL Spokesperson Jack Eble.

The chimney stack and coal conveyors will be the first to go, followed by the boiler, ash silo, and other smaller structures potentially later this year.

“Over the last 20 years, we’ve been replacing old, inefficient, dirty fuel sources and replacing them with cost-effective, cleaner solutions for our customers,” Eble said.
FPL may convert the site into a natural gas or solar plant.
FPL is waiting until detonation day to reveal what will replace the coal plant. The company has replaced old oil-burning plants, such as Port Everglades, with natural gas plants. FPL is also investing heavily in solar power.
Watch the implosion live here.