Tacoma Power upgrades 131 MW hydropower project

Tacoma Power has completed a $28 million upgrade at the 131 MW Cushman hydropower plant in Tacoma city that added 3.6 MW of capacity to the existing facility.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which provided $4.7 million to the project under the Recovery Act, said the revamp included the construction of a new two-generator powerhouse and a fish passage facility.

The new powerhouse, which will generate enough electricity for 2,000 homes, uses untapped water flows. The existing hydropower project is on North Fork of the Skokomish River in Mason County, Washington.

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