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Glenarm Power Plant: Seeing Things Anew

Posted by Blair Miller, Jeff Hall, and Candace Seu on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Two turbine towers rise above the Glenarm Power Plant

Electric power is invisible to us - it’s one of the things we take for granted in a modern world. When we plug the lamp into the wall socket, it simply turns on. What was once magical has become mundane. This tour inspires people to notice and appreciate the production of this essential force – the electricity that powers our lives – in a completely new way.

In much the same way, we hope that Walktober allows people to think about walking – as a social activity, as a way to get and stay healthy, as a mode of transportation, and as an opportunity to learn and explore – with new eyes.

An industrial-purpose spherical vessel stands next to a metal catwalk in the plant

The center of the facility is a combined cycle turbine unit known as Gas Turbine 5 (GT-5), which was installed as part of an extensive power plant upgrade, the Glenarm Repowering Project.

The location sign in front of the Glenarm Power Plant

The former plant, now only used for training, sits across the Gold Line tracks.

Metal scaffolding forms the 6-story skeleton of an older industrial plant

A control room from the 1950's has been repurposed as a conference room with several long tables

We were pleased to collaborate with Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) to offer Walktober tours of the City’s Glenarm Power Plant for the second year in a row. PWP is a not-for-profit public service owned and operated by the City of Pasadena, and is one of the few community-owned municipal utilities in the state. We’re grateful for the work they do to keep the lights on in Pasadena every day.

A group of people smile and pose in front of a metal container-like building

Two people smile, with steel buildings in the background

This is Part 2 of a series on Walktober 2019:

Part 1: Reflections on Why We Walktober
Part 2: Glenarm Power Plant: Seeing Things Anew
Part 3: People, Plants, and Water: Caring for the Future Together
Part 4: Bridges: Restoring Balance to a Wounded World

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