By RODNEY D. BOAM
In July of 2011, the Consolidated Irrigation Company of Preston filed an application for a preliminary permit, to study the feasibility of building a 500-kilowatt turbine-generator on the Mink and Cub Creeks. Consolidated Irrigation Company is a non-profit corporation that provides irrigation water to over 450 water-stockholders.
The proposed project would have a screened intake on Mink Creek and Cub Creek with a new 8,520 feet 24-inch diameter and 4,340 feet of 30-inch diameter pipe, and 4,060 feet of 36-inch diameter pipe. There will be a 1,700 foot long, underground 12-kilovolt, transmission cable connecting to existing Rocky Mountain Power transmission lines. As with all major projects like this one, there may be some tweaking along the way.
The generator should generate 2,526 megawatt-hours per year.
Lyle Porter, president of Consolidated Irrigation Company, said their power project doesn’t take or divert any additional water out of any streams and the generated power will help pay canal company expenses.
“In time it will generate revenue for the canal company members,” Porter said. “It will generate year round power, water is always going through it at different levels, but it should generate the power all the time.”
There will be no dam to build so the environmental studies are less costly and less complicated. The canal company officials hope to have the project completed sometime in 2014.
This story is sponsored by Stephanie Gunn, Cornerstone Real Estate.
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