Rensselaer Power Plant 1939
Incorporated as a municipal steam power plant in 1898
remodeled and enlarged in 1939
Chas S Chamberlin Superintendent Louis C Ramp Asst Superintendent J.W. Moore & Sons Consulting Engineers Howard S. Garnes Architect W. R. Dunkin & Son Inc Contractors
Rensselaer Power Plant 1939 Conrad Kellner Mayor John P Merritt Clerk-Treasurer Robert Wright City Attorney Councilmen Chas P Benjamin Ross Rowen Harry Schwartzell Marion Irwin Albert AbbottI now know where Kellner Street got its name.
1949 Addition to Municipal Power Plant Rensselaer, IndianaWilliam H. Bahler MayorJoseph Critser Waldo Garrigues Howard Randle Russell Hadley Wendell Martin City CouncilJohn R. Merritt City Clerk-TreasurerW. A. Somers City AttorneyLouis C. Ramp Utilities Superintendent W. T. Wilcox Assistant SuperintendentW. R. Dunkin & Sons, Inc ContractorBoyd E. Phelps, Inc. Architects Engineers
1969 Addition to Municipal Power Plant Rensselaer Indiana Malcom W. Roth Mayor Denver M Tudor Clerk-Treasurer Robert Wright City Attorney Robert Randle City AttorneyCouncilmen James Grandlund James Gwin William Hudson R Harold Lakin Ray ShoupEdward Putman Plant SuperintendentPaul Richards Line SuperintendentJames I. Barnes Construction Co Building ContractorCarroll Dietle & Associates Inc. Consulting Engineers & Architect
Entry to the building is closed without permit, but you can look through the windows to see the turbines. Information about what is inside is on the city's website:
Peak shaving and emergency supply are the most important objectives for the power plant employees. The plant was built in 1892 and purchased by the City of Rensselaer in 1897. The plant houses six (6) engine/generators. Four are powered by diesel fuel, one is dual fuel with the option of operating on diesel or natural gas and one is a straight natural gas engine. The plant is capable of generating enough power to meet the needs of Rensselaer.