Firm to study hydroelectric power at Newburgh

April 15, 2008
An Idaho firm is applying to the federal government for a permit to study building a hydroelectric power plant at Newburgh Lock and Dam, which is up the Ohio River from Evansville.

Symbiotics LLC is interested in a plant that would generate 80 to 100 megawatts, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. The company hasn't lined up a buyer for the power.

Newburgh is among about 100 existing dams in the country that Symbiotics is scouting for power generation. The company looks for locations with economic potential and where environmental damage would be limited.

Kentucky's Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources is concerned about the impact on downstream mussels and fish, and whether the project would allow fish to pass, among other issues.

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