New hydro plant to serve Poudre Valley Rural Electric Assn

This brand new hydro plant at Carter Lake, near Berthoud, Colo., features two 1,300-kilowatt units that will supply the needs of about 1,000 homes on Poudre Valley's system.

Officials of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District marked their 75th anniversary yesterday (May 31) with the dedication of its first hydropower plant at Carter Lake, west of Berthoud, Colo. The 2.6-megawatt facility, named the Robert V. Trout Hydropower Plant after longtime water legal counsel for the district, will sell all of its output to Tri-State member co-op Poudre Valley REA (Fort Collins, Colo.) under a long-term power purchase agreement.

Tri-State also provided support for the Carter Lake project under board policies 115 and 117 that promote local member participation in such local renewable ventures. The dedication ceremony featured tours of the new plant and several speakers including Anne Castle, assistant secretary for water and science for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Tri-State’s Rob Wolaver, senior manager of energy resources, also commented on the project, noting that Tri-State is an avid supporter of these small renewable projects that provide full-time, year-round generation for its member co-ops.

The new hydro plant began producing power on May 12. The generating facility is projected to generate an output of 7 to 10 million kilowatt-hours of energy a year, translating to enough power for about 1,000 homes on Poudre Valley’s lines.

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