Quincy and its future with hydropower

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore

The city of Quincy owns permits to Lock and Dam 24 and 25, and hydropowered turbines could be the future of those locations.

After an attempt at hydropower that ultimately ended in the city losing five million dollars, the city is looking toward another option for these permits.

The city council listened to a presentation from Coastal Hydropower, a company out of Alberta Canada about turning Lock and Dam 24 and 25 into hydro-powered locations.

"When I took the oath of office, you know this was a project that hadn't seen any movement in over a year. And so, we need a decision one way or another and it is one of those where if the city decides continue Lock and Dam 24 and 25, and give my administration that direction, then I will make it happen. That's my job," Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said.

In the presentation, Coastal Hydropower would cover the capital costs of the project itself, all the way up to when it is done being built.

President of Coastal Neil Anderson says it's a home run of a project.

"In the VLH world, most projects are small projects. Typically use one or two small turbines. But in this case, we are looking at potentially up to 100 turbines all together. Sixty turbines at Lock and Dam 24 and another 40 at 25," Anderson said.

The city would take over ownership and operation of the lock and dams after construction, giving a cut to Coastal for building it.

That is when concerns of taxpayer dollars and city budget comes into play.

"I think there is a lot of concern. There is a lot of concern that down the road the city of Quincy is going to bear some expense. That's when we have to work out the details negotiating," Moore said.

Moore says if they choose not to work with Coastal, they lose the permits.

Moore says he expects to have the city's decision on whether or not to work with Coastal within a month.

Anderson expects this project to take between four and ten years to finish.