Hydro project mentioned in Obama climate plan moves forward

A plan to install a hydroelectric project at the existing Red Rock Reservoir in Iowa is moving forward.

President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, a proposal to limit the effects of global climate change, specifically mentions the Red Rock Hydroelectric Plant.

The president’s proposal is intended to prioritize major infrastructure projects and will designate Red Rock for the Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard. Voith Hydro is supplying hydropower equipment at the Red Rock plant.

Work on the project should begin in early 2014, with Red Rock being operational by late 2016, according to Missouri River Energy Services.

MRES, which includes 61 municipal utilities from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, pre-qualified builders for the $260 million project in September 2012.

The group awarded Voith Hydro a $46 million contract to supply generators and turbines for the Red Rock plant in April 2012, giving the project the capability to generate up to 55 MW at certain times of the year when water is available, though it is licensed at 36.4 MW.

Red Rock Dam is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is located on the Des Moines River near Knoxville, Iowa.

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