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March 21 marked the end of an era as facilities workers cleaned up what was left at the site where up to 15,000 tons of coal used to be stored, waiting to fire boilers at Cornell's Central Energy Plant.

The coal plant is being replaced with Cornell's new 30-megawatt Combined Heat and Power co-generation facility, which burns natural gas to generate electricity and heat. Hot exhaust from the gas burned to create electricity is used to produce steam for heating the campus.