Hydropower proposal is effort to generate power at Coon Rapids Dam
An effort to generate hydropower again at the Coon Rapids Dam is under way.
When the dam was built in the 1913, its purpose was to produce electricity and that continued until the 1960s when it became economically unfeasible and the dam and surrounding property on both sides of the Mississippi River became a regional park with the dam as a focal point.
Now BOST 1 Hydroelectric LLC, a wholly-own subsidiary of Golden Valley-based Nelson Energy LLC, is preparing to file a license application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop a project that would produce 12 MW (megawatts) of hydropower capacity at the dam. See more in Editor Peter Bodley’s ABC Newspapers story.