Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project
Construction Update-September 2015
September has been a very productive month. Crews continue to work on installation of the Penstock pipe in the upper Reach 5. They worked hard to access the extremely difficult, steep, rocky slope so pipe installation can continue in Reach 4. Work on the Powerhouse continues; including work on the sump pump, electrical connections, flooring, to name a few. In spite of some difficult weather and excessive water conditions, significant progress has been made at the site of the Diversion Structure and on the structure itself.
For the most up-to-date photos of the project, click the Project Images link above.
Milestones for the 2015 season will include completion of the penstock, construction of the diversion structure, and installation of the powerhouse equipment. CVEA is still on target to begin producing commercial hydropower from the project in 2016 when the creek allows a full commissioning of the power plant.
Construction Update-November 2014
The first construction season of the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project ended mid-November. Every goal of the project was met or exceeded during the first construction season including ground clearing and building of the lower and upper access roads, blasting and building of the tunnel, building of the powerhouse structure, laying the first stretch of the penstock, and installation of the feeder line.
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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