Feds plan $25 million rehab for Palisades turbines
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) _ The turbines at the Palisades Dam in
southeastern Idaho are in line for a $25 million upgrade.
Officials from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced the
award this week to overhaul the four hydroelectric turbines at the
dam along the South Fork of the Snake River.
The Post Register reports the goal of the upgrade is to boost
the dam's efficiency for producing power. Officials say new
components could increase output enough to generate power for an
additional 35,000 homes.
The rehab project is slated to begin next summer, with
completion in 2016.
Agency spokesman David Walsh says the dam will still be
operational and sending power to the grid during the upgrade.