Customer Support

Apple River Hydro Generating Station

Key facts:

  • Power Production Capability: 3.2 megawatts
    • Unit 1: 1.0 MW
    • Unit 2: 0.0 MW
    • Unit 3: 1.1 MW
    • Unit 4: 1.1 MW
  • Location: Apple River, Wisconsin
  • Commercial Operation: 1901 Upgraded 1988
  • Water Source: Apple River

Overview

Apple River Falls Hydro plant is located seven miles downstream from Somerset, Wis., and is run-of-the-river type of operation. It was built at the turn of the century to provide electricity for the St. Paul area. At that time the plant employed 10 employees who lived in houses constructed alongside the plant. Today the plant is remotely controlled from Wissota Hydro. The facility is a diversion project, with the dam located about 2,000 feet upstream and around a bend from the power station. A flume diverts water at the dam to the station, bypassing the bend in the river.

Interesting Features

The dam’s small flowage has 75-foot forested banks punctuated with sandstone cliffs, which create a spectacular view.  The river upstream from the dam has a secluded wilderness flavor that is preserved by ordinances regulating shoreline development.

Environmental Highlights

As a source of electricity, hydropower is advantageous in that the fuel costs nothing. In addition, hydro facilities have low operating and maintenance costs, and their useful lifetime is well over 50 years.

From an environmental perspective, hydro is a clean, renewable fuel, and Xcel Energy manages its dam operations to protect the aquatic environment and improve recreational opportunities.

For More Information Contact 1-800-895-4999

Energy Saving Tip

Make sure to regularly change the air filters on your HVAC system (at least once per month). Old, clogged filters are far less efficient than new ones.

contact_GRAY@2x.png

May is National Electric Safety Month

Before beginning an outdoor project, be aware of overhead electric lines and keep yourself, your ladders and tools at least 10 feet away from them.

Xcel Energy MaritzCX

We'd welcome your feedback!

Thank you for visiting Xcel Energy. You have been selected to participate in a brief customer satisfaction survey to let us know how we can improve your experience.

The survey is designed to measure your entire experience, so please look for it at the conclusion of your visit

This survey is conducted by an independent company MaritzCX, on behalf of the site you are visiting.

Privacy Policy