From old power station to new community space

Published on Monday, 5 September 2016

“The growth of renewables, the drop in consumption and the shared need of sustainable development opens up a new scenario. Enel has stepped down 22 power plants and is working with local communities to identify a future of public utility for these plants”

Through this collaboration, obsolete plants will be opened for new uses to create development opportunities for local communities, businesses and people and to boost the local economy.

Culture, too, boosts the economy

Enel’s commitment to ensuring a bright future for decommissioned plants is based on a number of success stories from major cities around the world. The Tate Modern Art Gallery in London is one such excellent example.

“Until 1981 London's Tate Modern Art Gallery used to be Bankside Power Station”

Until 1981 London's Tate Modern Art Gallery used to be Bankside Power Station - an oil-fired power station that produced around 300 MW of electricity. Bankside was the last power station to be built in central London but by the 1980s, rising oil prices made its continued operation uneconomical, leading to its closure.

Today, the Bankside Power Station houses a world-renowned collection of modern art that's a cornerstone of London's cultural life. Its turbine hall has been home to some of the world's largest modern art installations, drawing visitors from around the world.