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Clean contract is rolling on the river

Christine StanleySierra Sun

Decades ago, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District began looking at the dam at Stampede Reservoir as a possible resource for renewable energy. But it wasnt until now that a contract to purchase hydropower from the local source could finally be secured. All of the directors from that time some are still living, and some arent would be delighted to know that we are finally going to get that power, said board member Pat Sutton.The hydroelectric generation plant at Stampede, located on the Little Truckee River about eight miles from its confluence with the Truckee River, currently produces an annual average of 11,000 megawatt hours or Mwh, according to Stephen Hollabaugh, the districts electric utility manager. Under a new contract with the Western Area Power Administration, the district will have access to half. The City of Fallon has contracted for the other half.This fits very well into our need for resources, said Hollabaugh, who noted that the addition of hydropower would help the district come closer to meeting its goal of using 21 percent renewable energy by 2012.The new contract, which will go into effect in July and last until 2024, will allow the district to purchase hydropower for $30 to $35 per Mwh.Awesome. Thats really awesome. Good move. Thank you, said ratepayer Neal Mock to Hollabaugh at a board meeting on Wednesday. The district has been unable to purchase power from the Stampede plant since it opened in 1987 because Sierra Pacific Power Company held the contract.