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Aspen to hold session on hydroelectric plant plans

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The city of Aspen Water Department will hold a meeting next week for those interested in learning more about the proposed Castle Creek Hydroelectric Plant.

The meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. in the Sister Cities Room at City Hall. The agenda includes an overview of the project, including the physical design of the structure, plus discussion of sound mitigation, renewable energy components, and more.

Information on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing process for the hydropower facility also will be available. The public is encouraged to attend and voice questions or concerns.    

 The plant, which was approved by voters in November 2007, is a critical part of meeting the city’s renewable energy goals. The 1.05-megawatt facility will produce approximately 5.5 million kilowatts annually ” or about 8.5 percent of the annual energy requirements of Aspen’s electric customers.

It will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 5,167 tons, representing a .6 percent community-wide reduction in the greenhouse gas.

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