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News report incorrect

Dear Editor:

The front-page story that appeared on the cover of the Aspen Daily News on Monday (“New report drops net power estimates for city hydro plant plan”) is unfortunately incorrect.

While Brent Gardner-Smith did a thorough job researching the topic, the report he based his story on has factual and technical errors and also includes some overly conservative estimates about stream flow that must be adjusted to reflect the current situation on Castle Creek.



The report was not vetted by senior city of Aspen staff before it was provided to Brent Gardner-Smith, and it is currently being revised. Unfortunately city staff members were in a rush to post the report before officials from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission got here for an April 10 meeting.

The report contained several old technical specifications that have been updated and also contained an overly conservative stream flow assumption. When the report is corrected it will show that the Castle Creek Energy Center will produce more than 6.1 million kilowatt-hours per year of energy at full production, which is less than a 2 percent reduction from a recent estimate and is more than a 10 percent increase from the 5.5 million kilowatt-hours estimate provided when bonds were issued.



The city is currently working on a revised report with its consultant and will resubmit that to the FERC once it is finalized.

Mitzi Rapkin

Community relations director, city of Aspen


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