Morro Bay power plant shuts down for good

The Tribune, San Luis ObispoFebruary 6, 2014 

The Morro Bay power plant is on the city's waterfront.

JAYSON MELLOM — The Tribune, San Luis Obispo

The power plant that has operated in Morro Bay since the 1950s and once employed more than 100 people has officially shut down.

The Morro Bay Power Plant, widely identified by its three 450-foot stacks towering above the nearby bay, was formally retired Wednesday.

The closure marks the end of an era for a local industry that helped shape the community of Morro Bay, which became an incorporated city in 1964 after the plant was built.

Dynegy, the Houston-based owner of the plant, has made no formal plans about its future intentions for the site. But the corporation is seriously exploring the idea of building a wave energy farm that would transfer power from an offshore facility to existing transmission lines at the plant.

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