An explosion at a San Antonio power plant this week either bolstered the utility’s case for rate hikes to keep up with infrastructure maintenance demands or those of some critics who say the aged J.T. Deely coal plant — scheduled for decommissioning ahead of schedule in 2018 — should be shut down as soon as possible.
According to CPS, the small explosion occurred just before 11 a.m. Tuesday after coal dust in one of the silos caught fire, doing damage to the cascade building atop. Coal is fed into silos before it is pulverized and moved into the plant itself, where it is used to produce energy.
Two employees suffered minor injuries from falling debris, utility officials announced today, and the plant will remain offline as an investigation into the causes of the accident continues.
The explosion came the day after the utility hosted a public hearing on a…
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