Politicians check out new Mississippi hydroelectric plant

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and several legislators will get an on-site look this morning at construction of the hydroelectric project on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.

The 10-megawatt Lower St. Anthony Falls plant is being built on the Mississippi River at the Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. Construction began this spring, and when it’s finished at the end of next year, it will generate more than 63,000 megawatt hours of energy per year to Minnesota — enough to power 14,000 homes a year.

Rybak and Rep. Bill Hilty, Sen. Ellen Anderson, Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Kate Knuth will view the site at 11:15 a.m. from the Stone Arch Bridge.

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