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Construction of hydropower project to get underway in Pueblo

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Southeastern District hydropower project to kick off in September Southeastern District hydropower project to kick off in September
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An agreement signed on Friday is paving the way for construction of a hydroelectric generation plant at the Pueblo Dam. The project will begin in September per the agreement between the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the U.S.Bureau of Reclamation.

"This is a monumental moment in the history of the district," said Jim Broderick, executive director. "We have been working to put all of the pieces in place since 2011. Now that this project is coming to fruition, it represents not only a sustainable income stream for our stakeholders, but develops a clean source of power for the future."

The district has contracted with Mountain States Hydro, LLC to build the plant. Construction will be completed in the fall and winter months when releases from the Pueblo Dam generally decrease.

The plant is expected to be online by the spring of 2018.

The power generated from the plant will be purchased by the city of Fountain and Colorado Springs Utilities for use at Fort Carson. That agreement will last for the first 10 years. After that, Fountain intends to purchase all of the power for at least 20 more years.

The project is expected to cost about $19 million dollars to build and will generate up to 7.5 megawatts of power. The Southeastern District secured $17.2 million dollars last year in a loan from the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

The plant is projected to produce 28 million kilowatt hours of power annually with about $1.4 million in average revenue per year. The money will first be used to pay off the loan and satisfy contractual agreements. Any remaining money will be used on enterprise activities, including the Arkansas Valley Conduit. 

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