Old equipment could cause Municipal Power Plant shutdown

March 8, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST

*A previous caption incorrectly described how the turbine works. Steam is forced through the turbine to produce electricity.

The No. 5 turbine at the Municipal Power Plant in Columbia forces steam through a turbine to produce electricity.* This is the oldest turbine currently running there, a part of the plant since 1957. Following the creation of new EPA regulations, old boilers and turbines at the power plant will be assessed beginning in April by the Lutz, Daily and Brain engineering firm in order to see if the old equipment can be brought up to date. If the old equipment is not worth updating, the plant will not be able to continue running.