A major hydroelectric dam located on the Cannon River is due for an upgrade according to Dakota County leaders. The Byllesby dam provides clean electricity to thousands of residents, but the hydroelectric generators are reaching the end of their operational life.
Dakota County is asking the state for $6 million of a total $12 million project to fund turbine and powerhouse improvements at the dam. The dam, which is 103 years old, is currently undergoing a massive capital improvement project to increase its safety and prevent major flooding. Due to the high cost of that project, dam leaders looked into how to recoup the costs, and they determined increased electricity generation would help mitigate the costs associated with the improvement project.
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