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DTE Energy destroys the decommissioned power plant in Trenton, dust and flames fly through the air

DTE Energy demolishes the decommissioned power plant in Trenton

DTE Energy demolishes the decommissioned power plant in Trenton

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Part of a disused power plant near Detroit was destroyed by explosive devices on Friday, reducing the massive building to rubble and sending up a wall of dust and flames.

A series of controlled explosive devices detonated at around 6 a.m. at the foundation of the boiler house of the former Trenton Channel Power Plant, shortly before the nine-story, 180-foot-tall building along the Detroit River began to collapse.

DTE Energy officials said the outage occurred smoothly and as planned by the utility.

“I knew the team was ready. They had done a lot of careful planning over months and done a fantastic job. I'm really proud of the team,” said Renee Tomina, senior vice president of the project management organization. “This Trenton Channel Power Plant has been in this community for 100 years and has served this community really well, so I know it's part of the fabric and structure of the community and certainly part of DTE's culture and history.”

The coal-fired power plant was shut down in 2022 after nearly a century of generating electricity. It was demolished as part of DTE Energy's transition to clean energy by building a battery storage facility.

When the Trenton Channel Energy Center comes online in 2026, it will be the largest standalone battery storage project in the Great Lakes, according to DTE Energy. The utility says it will be able to store 220 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 40,000 homes.

Until their destruction in March, the Trenton Channel Power Plant site also included two 183-meter-high, red-and-white striped smokestacks that had long been a landmark in the region.

DTE Energy demolishes the decommissioned power plant in Trenton

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