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    I just did a little research and found the hydro plant they are thinking about would only generate 5MW of power AT BEST. Other estimates put it at 2-3MW. I dont know how true those numbers are but that is not much. There are wind turbines out there that generate that much power for a single unit. Does it make sense to mess with a salmon stream for that? it seems to me that if you are going to possibly scew up a salmon stream there needs to be a coresponding payback and that much power is just not worth it! If it would be a 70MW plant then maybe there would be some thing to look at but not for that much power. I know its been discussed at length here but i never did see how much power would be generated. I think that needs to be a real factor in looking at it. A gernerator of that size wont make much difference in the power grid. It will however start salmon stream disruption down a slippery slope. Has anyone else heard any numbers on how much power would be generated?

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    I believe you are correct kgpcr.

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    Unless this project is subsidized all the way through construction, it won't pencil out. I don't believe the HEA board of directors is knowledgable enough to make these decisions. The reality is that HEA is getting grant funding for the project, and a portion of that grant funding goes for their general administrative costs, which is the only real benefit to HEA as a corporation. I don't think this project will happen based on economics, but its going to require someone that holds the grant funding to actually look at the financial reality of the project.

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    Good point B4U. In my home town in St. Cloud MN they put in a Hydro plant on an existing dam on the Mississippi and that has not worked out.

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