- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Not too long ago, the little 22-megawatt Neil Simpson I coal-fired power plant chugged away to provide energy to Wyoming customers.

Now, its smoke stack has fallen from the Gillette’ coal stack skyline and its parts are destined for new, more environmentally-friendly uses.

The Gillette News Record (http://bit.ly/1Iyra9E ) reports that Black Hills Power Co. spokeswoman Sharon Fain says the plant had to be demolished along with five others as the company responds an increased demand for electricity and stricter clean-air regulations.

Neil Simpson I started running in 1969 and stopped generating electricity last year.

Some of the plant’s steel scrap might see new life as natural gas drilling equipment, while its copper could carry electricity out of a Wyoming wind farm.

Across Interstate 90, miners continue to dig at the Wyodak coal mine.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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