New power generator begins operation

c drop hydro electric power plan canal kid irrigation klamath district

 

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A ribbon cutting ceremony for a new hydroelectric power generator took place near A Canal Thursday. Klamath Irrigation District board of directors member Ross Fleming says this replaces the old facility which burned down in the 1950s.

Audio: Klamath Irrigation District’s Ross Fleming

The electricity will reduce KID’s electrical costs and help keep valuable farmland in production. The facility will not change diversions or timing of irrigation flows nor impact fish or wildlife. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor had the honor of powering up the hydroelectric facility.

Audio: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor

The small dam and generator in the irrigation canal are expected to produce about 3,000 megawatt-hours of power a year and can power more than 110 homes.

 

Klamath Irrigation District's new hydroelectric power generator

 

A cake at the Klamath Irrigation District ribbon cutting


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