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Hydropower plant officially opens at Pueblo Dam

Posted at 9:24 AM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 19:25:19-04

PUEBLO — A hydropower plant is officially opening Monday morning at the Pueblo Dam, according to the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

The James W. Broderick Hydropower Plant was completed in May of this year. It will generate on average enough power annually for about 2,500 homes.

This hydropower plant has been in the works since September 2017 and required $20.5 million to construct, according to a press release.

The power generated at this plant will be sold to Fountain and Fort Carson through Colorado Springs Utilities for the first 10 years. After that, it will be sold only to Fountain for the next 20 years.

Three turbines and two generators is used to generate the power. The Broderick Hydropower Plant is estimated to make $1.4 million annually.