Energy policy — hydroelectric: New plant planned for Carter Lake

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From the Loveland Connection (Bobby Magill):

PVREA will receive up to 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from the Carter Lake hydropower station annually, enough to power about 1,000 homes. “We’re tapping onto an existing (water) outlet, so nothing changes at Carter Lake,” said Northern Water project manager Carl Brouwer. “We don’t change the operation. We don’t change the outflow from the reservoir.”

Today, water flowing from Carter Lake tumbles through a valve, and the energy is dissipated. “What we’re going to do is create electricity out of that instead,” Brouwer said.

The project will include two 1,200 kilowatt turbines, a 2,000 square foot powerhouse and connections to the existing Carter Lake Second Outlet and the St. Vrain Supply Canal.

From International Power & Dam Construction Magazine:

Northern Water’s Board of Directors recently approved a series of resolutions to move ahead with the project, which Northern Water will own, operate and maintain through its Hydro Water Activity Enterprise. It will include two 1300kW turbines supplied by Gilkes, a powerhouse and connections to the existing Carter Lake Second Outlet and the St. Vrain Supply Canal. The project will harness the pressure created by existing releases from the new outlet to make energy.

More hydroelectric coverage here and here.

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