Water Flowing Thru Creek Site Overview Site with Penstock Powerhouse with Penstock Install Penstock Final Destination Creek-Diversion Site Tail Race Truck Upper Road Tunnel View From Tunnel Tunnel Piping Pelton Wheel Powerhouse Construction Culver Dam Construction Begins Lower Access Road Tunnel Beginning Inside Tunnel Disassembled Equipment Lifted HSG Excavators Reassembled Equipment

Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project

The high cost of fuel continues to plague CVEA members. We cannot control the cost of fuel. We can, however, work to lessen our reliance on fuel for power generation, and it is with this goal in mind that CVEA continues to work toward its vision to reduce or eliminate our dependence on fossil fuel and to stabilize the Cooperative's cost of generation with regional, sustainable resources.

CVEA believes hydropower is the most viable and cost-effective renewable resource and has continued to aggressively move the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project forward since efforts began in 2008. 

Allison Creek promises several renewable energy benefits:

  • It will displace 725,000 gallons of fuel annually when it is commissioned in 2016

  • It will eliminate 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually

  • It will reduce annual fuel costs by $2.415 million every year

  • It will generate 15 million kWhs to increase CVEA's renewable energy portfolio from 50 to 64 percent of total generation requirements

  • It will save members over $800,000 in the first year

This website was created to keep you informed of the progress of the project. You can access historical reports and articles written for Ruralite Magazine to keep members informed. We will keep this page up to date with important information as we move through the construction phase of the project.

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Below is a short video of contractors dumping material from tunnel after a blast; this material will be used for fill later on



Below is a video of construction of the Coffer Dam, intended to keep particles and debris out of the water