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September 25, 2012
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Hydroelectricity in Snowmass?

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - "Town may supply own electricity" announced the Snowmass section of The Aspen Times on July 12, 1984. "The Snowmass Company hopes to kill two birds with one stone, by turning an ugly erosion gulley into an operational power plant by October of this year. The company, which has developed most of Snowmass Village, is required by a town ordinance to clean up Vidal Gulch, location just below the Timberline Condominiums....It is a man made water course that was created 17 years ago, when the Upper Village was built and streams running off the ski hill were diverted under Snowmelt Road and down the steep slope." The project was contingent on the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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The Aspen Times Updated Sep 25, 2012 07:38PM Published Sep 25, 2012 07:35PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.