Photo taken of a boiler at the W.B. Tuttle natural gas power plant just before it's demolition.
Photo taken of a boiler at the W.B. Tuttle natural gas power plant just before it's demolition. Credit: Courtesy / CPS Energy Twitter

CPS Energy has begun the process of demolishing the W.B. Tuttle Power Plant at 9911 Perrin Beitel Rd., a natural gas-fueled plant that supplied energy to much of San Antonio since the 1950s before it was deactivated in 2008.

On Tuesday, the utility posted a video on Twitter of the demolition of boiler No. 2, the second of four. No explosives were used to knock the boiler down. Instead, workers contracted by CPS Energy used a mechanical method involving cables that weakened key structural supports.

In the prime of its 50-year lifespan, the plant generated enough electricity to power approximately 200,000 homes.

CPS Energy spokesman John Moreno told the Rivard Report on Wednesday that the demolition process is designed to ensure the safety of the surrounding neighborhood and its residents.

“So far two of the boilers have been demolished and the next two should be demolished by the end of January (2017),” Moreno said. “The site will be mitigated and cleaned up by July. There’s some forward thinking as to (the land’s) use, but so far the only plan at this time is to demolish the site.”

James McCandless

Former intern James McCandless is a recent St. Mary's University graduate. He has worked with the San Antonio Current and Texas Public Radio.