Yampa River basin: Peabody Energy is in the beginning stages of permitting a new hydroelectric power generation station on Trout Creek


From Steamboat Today (Tom Ross):

“As currently planned, the reservoir would have a surface area of approximately 385 acres and a reservoir volume of approximately 11,720 acre-feet,” [David Merritt, principal water resources engineer with URS Corp] wrote…

“Water stored in the reservoir would be used to generate hydropower expected to average approximately 1 million kilowatt-hours per year. Additionally, the reservoir would support residential development, recreation and fish habitat as well as provide a source of water to support Peabody’s mining operations in Northwest Colorado,” Merritt added…

Routt County Planning Director Chad Phillips said Wednesday that as an industrial facility supporting the operations of an existing coal mine, the proposed reservoir would need to seek a special-use permit through the county planning process.

More hydroelectric coverage here and here.

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