Hydro: Powerful Splash From Past

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Eddy Merckx

Stevenson, CT

#1 Jan 18, 2009
Tom your going to scare a lot of people saying things like "downtown department stores.", next thing you know you will be saying is that we should have a passenger train that goes all the way from NYC to Springfield Ma. through Hartford Ct. and beyond, and that could send shivers through the suburban car culture, I'll bet you even feel that gas prices will go back up to this past summers level inside the next two years, and that folk should have thought of that when they refused to get rid of the Saudi Urban Vehicles that get all of twelve mpg at 35 mph or evan at 60 mph....... whats next I say ??

Later fellow citizens,
Big

New Fairfield, CT

#2 Jan 18, 2009
Condon wrote:
Are there more Collinsville dams out there, more opportunities to capture electricity that is local and renewable. Someone ought to check.
That is what we pay the CT DEP to do. All dams are required to be registered with the state. A better article would have included an analysis of the 13 federally licensed hyrdo-electric dams, how much it costs to maintain these dams, what is each dam's power output, and what problems are encountered, if any, in running these dams.$15-20 million seems like a lot of money to power up only 1,500 homes.

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Since: Nov 07

United States

#3 Jan 18, 2009
Big wrote:
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That is what we pay the CT DEP to do. All dams are required to be registered with the state. A better article would have included an analysis of the 13 federally licensed hyrdo-electric dams, how much it costs to maintain these dams, what is each dam's power output, and what problems are encountered, if any, in running these dams.$15-20 million seems like a lot of money to power up only 1,500 homes.
This is what I thought article would include. You're right!

All Tom wrote was propoganda for the town of Collinsville.
Bill

Waterbury, CT

#4 Jan 20, 2009
Excellent article. Well researched and well written. I hope it encourages government leaders to solicite proposals from companies that have expertise in harnessing water power to generate electricity. As mentioned in the article, there are new ways to "harness" water power that don't require the flow and head that were necessary years ago. I would put this on the state's priority list ... with a dedicated technical staff and/or consultants.

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Since: Jul 08

Quincy, MA

#5 Jan 21, 2009
Big wrote:
<quoted text>
That is what we pay the CT DEP to do. All dams are required to be registered with the state. A better article would have included an analysis of the 13 federally licensed hyrdo-electric dams, how much it costs to maintain these dams, what is each dam's power output, and what problems are encountered, if any, in running these dams.$15-20 million seems like a lot of money to power up only 1,500 homes.
I too am curious about the 13 federally licensed hydroelectric dams, but I wonder where you're getting the figures " $15-$20 million"? The column and past articles on the subject have indicated the initial cost would be between $8-$10 million. It's still alot of money, but much less than $20 million.

Granted, I question what the actual cost would be at the end of the day, so to speak.
Eddy Merckx

Stevenson, CT

#6 Jan 26, 2009
Its short term thinking that always stalls these sort of projects, short term thinking is a by product of those that feel if it does not benefit me now it should not be done at all. aka nimby, etc., etc.,

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