Carter Lake is a vital part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Water Project, and now it will help provide power to many rural residents of Northern Colorado. An agreement between Northern Water and the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association provides for the addition of a hydro-power station at Carter Lake, tapping into already existing water outlets, to convert the outflow into usable energy.
The project will include the construction of a 2000 square foot power facility and two 1200-kilowatt turbines with connections to the Carter Lake Second Outlet and the St Vrain Supply Canal. The project will cost $6 million, with $2 million coming from a low-interest loan from Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority. The project is expected to generate $600,000 annually and supply power to about 1000 homes in PVREA’s coverage area.
This project is a fine addition to Northern Colorado’s commitment to renewable energy sources.