Minnesota utility OKs construction contract Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

Des Moines, Iowa, April 20, 2012 — Construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project will begin in 2013 at the Red Rock Dam along the Des Moines River near Pella, Iowa.

Voith Hydro, Inc. has been selected to supply turbines, generators and other major powerhouse equipment for the project.

The hydropower facility will be designed to supply about 36 MW of power, but will be capable of generating up to 55 MW at certain times of the year when water is plentiful.

Dispatchable generation is a source of electricity that can be turned on or off or adjusted by operators to meet electrical demand. Construction of the dam is slated for completion in the spring of 2016, and the power plant should be ready for commercial operation in mid 2016. The dam will reportedly provide economic benefits of nearly $250 million to the four-county region in Iowa during the construction period.

Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency will provide financing for the project. Missouri River Energy Services has a power supply agreement with WMMPA obligating MRES to pay for and WMMPA to supply the entire output of WMMPA-owned facilities.

MRES, in turn, has long-term power sales agreements with its members to supply them with wholesale power, energy and transmission needed by the member utilities to serve their customers. WMMPA acquired RRHP and the license to develop the project from CRD Hydroelectric LLC.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in early 2011, granted the license to CRD to develop the RRHP. Nelson Energy LLC had developed the FERC license under CRD and started the process in the spring of 2005.

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