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Hydropower Update at Quincy City Council

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

After months of silence, the topic of hydropower is back in front of the Quincy city council. Quincy has struck out with FERC in the past, and now companies are looking at the city's permits down river at Locks 24 and 25.

After Monday's meeting, a decision might not be too far away. Canadian firm Coastal Hydropower was back in the city council chambers with its latest proposal. Neal Anderson suggested the city use its preliminary permits to Locks 24 and 25, calling them "a home run" for their technology. "60 turbines at Lock and Dam 24 and 40 turbines at Lock and Dam 25, so these are huge projects," he said.  

Should the city decide to do nothing, those permits would expire. In this proposal, the city would not spend any more money, but would be in charge of maintenance. "We can take a different type of role as being the developer of the project, but still being able to receive some compensation back in the form of revenue," Anderson said. 

But taxpayer concerns remained at the forefront for alderman, and for Mayor Kyle Moore. "People don't want to spend anymore on hydropower, we've lost five and a half million dollars, I don't think there's a stomach for it," he said.

But he said making a decision is a priority. "I think the city of Quincy needs some time of resolution if we are doing this, and needs to either get going and get this developed or get it off this administration's plate." 

Moore says now that they have heard the presentation, he hopes a decision can be made next month. 

 

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