CANCELED: Hopkins Power Generating Station
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ages 10 and up (sorry, younger siblings may not attend)
Hopkins Power Generating Station
2146 Geddie Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32310
Cost: free! (scroll down to register to attend)
The tour usually lasts about an hour.
There will be a
15-20 minute video and then the tour of the plant.
The power station has a DRESS CODE for safety reasons: Everyone must wear
long pants. No dresses, skirts, shorts or tank tops. Also no
flip-flops or sandals. Only closed toed shoes. Sneakers are fine.
Black Gold by Albert Marrin (aimed at ages 12 and up)
Available via the library.
About the power plant
The Hopkins power plant burns fossil fuels (either natural gas or
oil) to convert water to steam in two huge boilers. The steam is used to
drive two turbines which are in turn connected to power generators. In
addition, power can be produced when needed by two gas turbine
generators located at the plant.
The plant is located on 230 acres of land 7 miles west of
Tallahassee, Florida on Geddie Road. The area, covered with oaks and
pines, provides a haven for a variety of wildlife including birds, deer,
alligators and even a community of beavers.
Built in 1971, the Hopkins power plant was expanded to more than
double its original size in 1977 with construction of a second boiler
and power generator. The City has converted the Hopkins Unit 2
conventional steam-generating unit to a more efficient and economical
combined cycle system under the Hopkins Unit 2 Repowering Project.
As fossil-fueled power plants go, the Hopkins power plant is a medium
sized facility, capable of generating up to 504 megawatts of power when
local electricity demand requires it. The plant operates 24 hours a day
365 days a year under constant supervision of an expert team of
engineers and operators who monitor the plant's efficiency and
Protection of Tallahassee's beautiful environment is a prime concern
of the City's electric utility and the employees at the Hopkins power
plant. Chemists in the plant's laboratory perform more than 40 tests on
water every day, including tests for metal contaminants, mineral
precipitates and acidity. In addition, a separate environmental
monitoring facility provides independent oversight and verification of
all environmental safeguards.
Register here: Hopkins Power Station
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