Raleigh hires consultant for Falls Lake hydroelectric project
Posted January 3, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire a consultant to oversee plans to develop a hydroelectric facility at Falls Lake Dam.
City officials still must negotiate a contract with Charlotte-based Black & Veatch for its services. The firm is expected to develop funding options for the design and construction of the dam.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted Raleigh a preliminary permit to conduct studies and prepare a license application for the hydroelectric project.
A study by the city found that such a project, costing $5 million to $7 million, is feasible under certain economic conditions. Officials have said electricity generated from the dam would be enough to power several hundred homes.
Falls Lake is a major source of drinking water for Raleigh and several Wake County towns, but officials have said a hydroelectric dam wouldn't impact the body of water.