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Raleigh pulls plug on Falls Lake hydroelectric dam idea

Posted April 5, 2013

— City officials have scrapped plans to develop a hydroelectric facility at Falls Lake dam.

The City Council two years ago authorized staffers to file documents of intent with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and to begin searching for a consultant to help develop funding options for the design and construction of the dam.

Electricity generated from the $5 million to $7 million dam would be enough to power several hundred houses, then-Mayor Charles Meeker said at the time.

The council decided this week to end a study of the dam.

Assistant Public Utilities Director Kenny Waldroup, who recommended ending the project, said the city had to make sure the dam was socially, economically and environmentally viable before it would be considered.

Waldroup said the dam would not generate much electricity, and it would take the city 50 years to recoup the costs from selling the electricity.

Raleigh started working on the hydroelectric plan after a Vermont-based company expressed interest in using the existing Falls Lake dam to make electricity. City officials said they wanted to protect water levels, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-operated lake is the primary source of drinking water for Raleigh and several area towns.



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  • beaupeep Apr 8, 2013

    "Yes, because all of us right wingers know that in 50 years, all of the oil and gas needed for electricity will be re-generated. After all, petroleum is a renewable resource, right wingers?" - geotool

    And if you put up a dam, you'll generate electricity. What? No water? Pffft, we don't need no stinking water.....it'll spin all by itself.

  • jdaltj2 Apr 8, 2013

    The Corps of Engineers told the City 15 years ago that there was not sufficient flow to substantiate the capital investment of a hydro plant...another study was necessary??

  • whatelseisnew Apr 8, 2013

    "After all, petroleum is a renewable resource, right wingers? geosol"

    Actually it is.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 8, 2013

    Glad it got cancelled. Does anyone see the ripoff they were planning. Force you at gunpoint to pay for the facility to generate electricity and then instead of handing out the resulting income stream to the taxpayers, they would charge you for the output of the equipment you paid to have built. The City had no business looking at this in the first place and the State should have put an end to it.

  • cwmllc1952 Apr 8, 2013

    As a long time Raleigh and Wake County Residence I could have taken $150,000 and told them the same thing in less time. Taxation WITH representation. Kind of expensive !!!

  • Obamacare rises Apr 8, 2013

    Dam, that was quick.

  • Offshore Apr 8, 2013

    Falls Lake, pffft, more like falls wade across...

  • Offshore Apr 8, 2013

    After all, petroleum is a renewable resource, right wingers?
    geosol

    I wouldn't call myself a right winger, but, even I could have enough common sense to understand that a hydro-electric dam requires constant water flow and Falls Lake is well short of constant water output (at least enough to power several hundred homes) Not very many homes in the grand scheme of things. Oh sorry, I forgot, liberals... common sense... nothin'

  • Fun Apr 5, 2013

    Ah Meeker ! His last liberal gasp, it needed to go away....just floated down stream...

  • geosol Apr 5, 2013

    Yes, because all of us right wingers know that in 50 years, all of the oil and gas needed for electricity will be re-generated. After all, petroleum is a renewable resource, right wingers?

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