Bureau of Reclamation Kicks in $25 Million
by Associated Press
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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- The turbines at the Palisades Dam in southeastern Idaho are in line for a $25 million upgrade.
Officials from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced the award this week to overhaul the four hydroelectric turbines at the dam along the South Fork of the Snake River.
The Post Register reports the goal of the upgrade is to boost the dam's efficiency for producing power. Officials say new components could increase output enough to generate power for an additional 35,000 homes.
The rehab project is slated to begin next summer, with completion in 2016.
Agency spokesman David Walsh says the dam will still be operational and sending power to the grid during the upgrade.
Interior: Potential for Expanding Hydro Energy at Existing NW Dams, by Staff, Columbia Basin Bulletin, 4/1/11
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