The Encina Power Station - Soon to be Only a Memory
The Encina Power Plant, with its very obvious smokestack, has been an iconic landmark on the Carlsbad seacoast for decades.
It was constructed in the 1950s and was officially retired in December 11, 2018 and is being dismantled - the demolition began earlier this year. The new power station, the Carlsbad Energy Center, began operation on December 12, 2018.
Whether you like the look of the plant and the towering smokestack or not, it certainly grabs attention, and can be seen for miles from the freeway north and south, and other inland vantage points.
And of course beyond being a part of Carlsbad's history it's provided electricity for thousands of homes all these years.
Some residents are happy to see the power plant disappearing, while many others are rather nostalgic about it. It will certainly change the look of the Carlsbad Coastline.
The Encina Power Station will soon be just a memory, preserved in our minds, and in numerous photos.
But in case you want a very different kind of memory, Carlsbad resident artist, Bryan Snyder (founder of the Carlsbad Art Wall in 2015), has created a hand-crafted resin sculpture of the Encina Power Station, available at his gallery and online ($30 + tax, and shipping is available). It's a pretty cool idea..and I hear it's been very popular.