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Raleigh moves forward to develop hydroelectric facility

Posted September 20, 2011
Updated September 21, 2011

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— The city of Raleigh is moving forward with a plan to develop a hydroelectric facility at Falls Lake Dam.

The City Council on Tuesday authorized city staff to file documents of intent with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and to begin finding a consultant to help develop funding options for the design and construction of the dam.

A study by the city found that such a project is feasible under certain economic conditions.

Falls Lake is a major source of drinking water for the area.


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  • getrealpeople Sep 22, 2011

    this has nothing to do with teacher layoffs as the County not the City hires/fires teachers. The COE releases water ~15-20 million gallons per day no matter how much is there for your drinking water needs even in the drought they released ~180CFS.
    A lot of these projects are pushed because law requires a % of power from green tech.

  • mxteam44 Sep 21, 2011

    Falls Lake has too much fluctuation in water level for this to even work. If your house's electricity is supplied by this proposed plan, you'd better have backup generators in case of a summer drought!!!

  • jbyrd Sep 21, 2011

    Not big enough or deep enough. And strike three, not nearly enough water volume even at it's best.
    It would be a total waste of money

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 21, 2011

    WTHeck are they getting the $$$ for this stuff?

    Laying off teachers while assuming the debt on new building projects is like saying, "To heck with the kids."

  • Fun Sep 21, 2011

    I'll think Meeker will hook hydro plant to his other boondoogle the convention center to try to pull it out of the red. But never mind, it's just taxpayer money and borrowing

  • XLAW Sep 21, 2011

    The "...project is feasible under certain economic conditions."
    Translation into English: With considerable federal subsidies for construction and maintenance and uneconomically high subsidized green energy prices for the sale of the electricity produced, the project will probably break even." The problem is that if any of the assumptions and expectations fail to occur, the project will fail. Just look at what happened with the California solar panel company. Five hundred and thirty five million dollars of our money went down the drain in bankruptcy and yet we were told that the project succeeded - just the marketplace failed. This Friday the officials of the company are appearing before Congress and have already announced they are taking the fifth. Way to go!!!!

  • pooodaddy Sep 21, 2011

    How many houses will this power? 10?
    I'm all for hydroelectric power but I have a hard time believing this is good for our tax investment.

  • lacockrell Sep 21, 2011

    With the "saveEnergyMan" numbers, what does the City plan to power ??? Sounds like it might just only be enough to power the water treatment plant next to the lake...hhhhuummm...

  • Just the facts mam Sep 20, 2011

    I have a hard time believing this will pay for itself. I hope the taxpayers are not going to have to foot the bill for it if it is a money-loser.

  • blu-burd Sep 20, 2011

    How about the impact on the summer flounder and Dolphin.