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Duke to begin razing state's oldest coal plant

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Duke Energy Corp. is preparing to demolish a coal-fired power plant that's Indiana's oldest electricity-generating plant of its kind.

The plant near the White River town of Edwardsport went online in 1918, the Vincennes Sun-Commercial reported.

Duke Energy took the southwestern Indiana plant offline last spring. Next month, crews will begin demolishing the structure, which is dwarfed in size by the $3 billion coal-gasification plant Duke is building nearby.

Company spokesman Lew Middleton said Duke will turn the site into a storage area for burned coal, or slag, produced by the new plant.

The Edwardsport power plant was Indiana's first large-scale electricity generating plant. It was built by the Indiana Power Company to provide power for the inter-urban trains that once linked many of Indiana's cities and towns.

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