Aspen continues plan for more hydroelectric |

Aspen continues plan for more hydroelectric

ALLEN BESTspecial to the daily

ASPEN – In another case of the future attempting to recreate the past, Aspen city officials are continuing with their efforts to get more electricity from small hydroelectric plants.Aspen was actually the first city west of the Mississippi River to use hydroelectric power to provide all municipal electricity, explains The Aspen Times. The plant operated from 1887 until the late 1950s, when the federal government’s proliferating dams yielded electricity that undercut the local supply in cost. The city’s public works director, Phil Overeynder, says the restored turbines on Castle Creek would be powered by a fall of 330 feet from a reservoir.

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