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Shoshone Generating Station

Shoshone Generating Station

This is one of the oldest hydroelectric plants in western Colorado that depends upon the river flow rather than captive water from a reservoir


Location: Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Plant Description: Shoshone is a hydroelectric generating station.

Power Production Capabilities: The plant has two units capable of producing up to 15 MW of electricity.

Fuel Source: Water is diverted from the Colorado River and returned to the river after use.

Plant History

Construction of the plant began in 1904, and it started operating in 1909.

Interesting Features

Shoshone depends upon river flow rather than captive water from a reservoir for operations.

Environmental Highlights

With water as its only fuel, Shoshone Hydro has no air, land or water emissions.

Community Involvement

Shoshone employees are involved in the Colorado Department of Transportation highway clean up program and are responsible for two miles of the Glenwood Canyon Bikeway.  In addition, a number of tours are given throughout the year.

For more information contact:

Plant Information and Tour Requests — 1-800-895-4999
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