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Hydropower voted down in Quincy



It's all over. 

After nearly seven years of planning, negotiations and debate, the City of Quincy is done with hydropower. Monday night, aldermen voted 10-4 not to move any further with Coastal Hydropower.

The decision came after some discussion with city planner Chuck Bevelheimer and Corporation Counsel Lonnie Dunn over what an agreement would mean for the city. But in the end, many aldermen said they could not guarantee the hydropower project at the city owned Locks and Dam 24 and 25 would come without a cost to the taxpayer at some point.


At one moment, Mayor Kyle Moore was pointedly asked if he felt this was a worthwhile project for his administration, and he immediately said no. An answer, he says, he definitely stands by - and he feels many felt the same way. "I think clearly tonight the council spoke and I think they heard from their constituents, and now I think the city can move forward, and that's one of things when I took office, I found there was no movement on this and I felt that as a community we either needed to decide, yes - we're going to do this, or no we're not, so that way if we are going to do it, we can get it done right or we can move on," he said.

Since the city of Quincy will not be moving forward with negotiations with Coastal Hydropower, Moore says they'll notify FERC that Quincy is no longer interested, and the permits the city of Quincy currently has will expire.


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