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Tue February 11, 2014

Hydro Project in West-Central Colorado Will Provide Aspen with Power

The Ridgway dam will provide power to the City of Aspen's utility later this year. The project has been in the works for decades but will start providing power for the first time this year.
Credit www.usbr.gov

The City of Aspen is working toward powering its utility with 100-percent renewable energy. A good chunk of that energy will come from a new hydropower facility in Ridgway, Colorado. If all goes according to plan, the City will start getting power from the facility on February 20th. Aspen’s one of two entities purchasing power from the plant. Mike Berry is with the Tri-County Water Conservancy District, the organization running the plant. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

In 2014, City officials anticipate paying the District nearly half-a-million dollars for 9 million kilowatt hours of energy.