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Granby Dam slated for hydropower

Hank Shell
hshell@skyhidailynews.com

The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District plans to construct a hydropower plant at the base of Granby Dam.

“It’s economically feasible to put a little power plant on the outlet structure there, so we’re going to move forward with it,” said Brian Werner with Northern Water.

The Granby Hydropower Project could generate a maximum of 7 million kilowatt-hours per year, Werner said.

Revenues from the station could reach $390,000 annually, according to documents from the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

The project will use existing releases from Granby Dam to the Colorado River.

Northern Water plans to sell the power generated at the station to Mountain Parks Electric Inc., Werner said.

“This fits in well with those producers that have to have green power,” he said.

Tom Sifers with Mountain Parks Electric, declined to comment on the hydropower station, citing ongoing negotiations with Northern Water.

Northern Water and Mountain Parks Electric were close to finalizing a 30-year Power Purchasing Agreement in May, according to CWCB documents.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board gave Northern Water a 30-year, $5.7 million loan for the project, which covers the total project cost.

Construction on the new plant could begin in summer of 2015, Werner said.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.


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