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Location: West side of Hennepin Island, Minneapolis
Generating Capacity: 12 megawatts
Type of Operation: Hydroelectric
Current plant was built in 1882 on the site of early sawmills. The five generating units produce around 2.4 megawatts each. A 1,900-foot-long, 14-foot-high dam, situated on the upper portion of St. Anthony Falls, creates a 450-acre reservoir that provides fuel for the plant.
The St. Anthony Falls dam was replaced in 2000-2001 with a new dam around 30 feet upriver of the existing structure. The upper island was developed into a park with an access bridge giving public view of main spillway, horseshoe dam and downtown skyline.
Hydro is a clean, renewable fuel, and Xcel Energy manages its dam operations to protect the aquatic environment and improve recreational opportunities.
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Why do our products and services differ based on state? Because our business is regulated by state. We have regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. The different regulatory body for each state we serve determines what products and services we deliver in that state.