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Our products and services differ based on state. Please select your state (or the state you're interested in) from the list to the left.
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.
Location: St. Croix Falls in Wisconsin
Generating capacity: 24.6 megawatts
Type of operation: Partial Peaking
Completed in 1905, St. Croix Falls Hydro was built to provide electricity for the Twin Cities. Construction involved hundreds of laborers working day and night. For two years, blasting shook buildings and shattered windows in St. Croix Falls and in Taylors Falls, Minn., just across the river.
Except for maintenance work and standard repairs, the facility has not been changed since its construction.
A feature that distinguishes the St. Croix Falls plant from other hydroelectric units is its "S" shaped spillway. The spillway was constructed as a curve to increase its crest area, since the river at that spot forms a gorge through which passes a large volume of water.
In 2006, Xcel Energy entered into a "Memorandum of Understanding" (MOU) with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to stabilize the water flow of the lower St. Croix River.
This operational plan helps protect aquatic attributes of the river to foster recovery of endangered species. The MOU is a reasonable way to protect public interests and natural resources while maintaining energy production.