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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Sioux Center's Energy Partner Dedicates Hydro Project

Dam with hydroelectric plant

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities will have a new renewable resource added to its power supply portfolio. SCMU’s energy partner and wholesale energy provider, Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), dedicated a new hydroelectric project Wednesday, Sept. 2.

With the dedication, MRES celebrated the beginning of hydropower generation at the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, which is built on the existing Lake Red Rock dam near Pella, Iowa. The second-largest hydropower generator in Iowa, this project will harness the power of the Des Moines River to produce clean and renewable electricity for thousands of homes in MRES member communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa, including Sioux Center.

“We are always excited to add stewardly resources to our local power supply mix,” said Sioux Center Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein. “And we’re proud to have an energy partner that seeks ways to add to our renewable energy portfolio.”

The Red Rock Hydroelectric Project is expected to produce more than 36 megawatts of electricity and 55 megawatts during summer months when water levels are typically highest. MRES broke ground on the project six years ago.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the great state of Iowa whose support was essential in getting this project off the ground,” said MRES Board Chair Harold Schiebout, of Sioux Center. “I’m happy on behalf of our 61 members that this project is now completed and we look forward to relying on this renewable resource for the next 100 years.”

The Red Rock Hydroelectric Project will add to the 31 percent renewable energy Sioux Center residents and businesses already have as part of SCMU’s power supply.

Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg spoke as part of the video dedication on behalf of himself and Gov. Kim Reynolds.

“With the completion of the Red Rock Hydro project, we are proud to recognize another clean, non-emitting renewable resource for Iowans and other MRES communities,” Gregg said. “This project…will increase America’s renewable energy supply and help create a clean energy future and a reliable resilient energy grid.”

Watch the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project dedication video.

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities draws from a diverse mix of power supply including renewable resources such as hydroelectric facilities on the Missouri River. The Sioux Center Municipal Utilities Electric Department ensures power is safely and reliably delivered throughout the community to more than 2,681 electric customers.

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