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Decommissioned Power Plants?
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On my personal map of abandonments I've got tons of decommissioned power plants that I just found. They have no signs of explorers and sometimes security patrolling. One I found in Pgh has a little bit of graffiti on a building outside the fence but nothing on the main plant. There's another in practically downtown Detroit and it looks as if it's about it start back up any minute. Is it worth driving 8 hours to a place that's either an immaculate spot or more likely swarming with security? Do y'all have any good luck with decommissioned plants or know a way to see if they're accessible before I drive out there? Anything helps.




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Basically either talk to locals or drive out unfortunately. Google maps will usually give you a good basic idea on how to approach but obviously won’t show where security is live. If you can usually climb something, you’re almost always guaranteed to find a way in somewhere, whether it be an open door or broken window. Just watch out for security on foot or on small atvs/golf carts.




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Look in the news if it was decomissionned, then google maps. Wach for cars in their parking lot, if there is none it's a good sign.

If you know there is security, that means you always have a step ahead them.

You know they are there, they don't.

Go scout by night before, find/do your entry. Either you do it by night or comeback the morning after all planned up knowing where to enter.

I live in canada and come a lot to the US so it's always a little bit of a gamble, but 99% of the time, you can get in, depend on how intense you are and how bad you want it.

Have basic tools. (unscrew boardings or wathever is imo OK if you put it back after)
Don't scout with tools, leave them in a bush or something until you are sure it's 'clear'.

It's not because you didn't see pictures online that no explorers have been there. Big places like powerstations, people want to keep them off the radar.

I had mostly good luck, and some bad, it's part of the game.

Don't stress too much and do 1000 negative scenario in your head. Stay focus.





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All the above and...
Sometimes there will be a still active substation next to the power plant.
Avoid these. Some have cams.




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They're usually under high security and have cameras




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They're usually under high security and have cameras


But people don’t always monitor so as long as you don’t give them a reason to look back, they probably won’t know you’re even there. Unless it’s a construction site due to them demolishing it, then they might be actively monitored if there is security (I’ve been chased out at one before).

I have a bunch of plants from around the area I haven’t posted to try and not let it get destroyed so people may have been there, or maybe not.




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They're usually under high security and have cameras


Many times not. They are no longer part of the infrastructure, however the substations are.
If the city has a smart cam network... stay off the roof.




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It's not because you didn't see pictures online that no explorers have been there. Big places like powerstations, people want to keep them off the radar.


Yep. They can be done, sometimes even without scouting and only a few rumors of what's in store. You may have to go at night, and it may take hours to sneak past security (electronic, guards, or both), but rarely is a powerplant so heavily secured that access is impossible if you're patient and determined enough.

That being said, most explorers will not post what they find or even acknowledge the location's existence. Decommissioned powerplants are the kind of critical infrastructure that probably tends to make local cops... tense about trespassing- especially since they often operate under a different set of trespassing laws. Not to mention the likelihood of a scrapper wrecking the place if they find it.

Power plants are a high risk, high reward explore where the risk only grows exponentially if it ever ends up online.




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Thanks for all of the help. I've got a trip planned soon so I think I'll scout a few locations. In the past I've just studies Google Maps for hours finding every possible entrance/exit. I tried doing that for a plant in philly and it failed miserably. It did work out to be a good scouting trip tho so that has hopefully taught me a lesson. If I end up checking anything out then I'll let y'all know how it goes.




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Thanks for all of the help. I've got a trip planned soon so I think I'll scout a few locations. In the past I've just studies Google Maps for hours finding every possible entrance/exit. I tried doing that for a plant in philly and it failed miserably. It did work out to be a good scouting trip tho so that has hopefully taught me a lesson. If I end up checking anything out then I'll let y'all know how it goes.


The Philly plants are usually better sealed than most other plants. Either they are wide open or completely covered in sheet metal. Occasionally they will go inside the plants and seal off rooms so even if you get inside you're not getting to anything good.

With the amount of stupid instagram kids going into plants these days I'm sure eventually they're going to start to get harder. Either they are going to get sick of dealing with it or someone is going to get hurt or killed.




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