Denver Water’s new project could be the future of hydropower

EL PASO COUNTY THE DOG THAT HE WAS FOUND WITH ARE BEING EVALUATED RIGHT NOW BY A VETERINARIAN AT A SHELTER IN LONGMONT THERE CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN

>>> WE WOULD ALL LIKE TO SEE OUR WATER BILLS GO DOWN THERE IS A NEW INNOVATIVE PROJECT THAT COULD MAKE THAT HAPPEN >> IT IS LINKED T HYDROPOWER THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE A DAM JENNIFER KOVALESKI TAKES US INSIDE OF THIS PROJECT IN GOLDEN >> THIS COULD BE THE FUTURE OF HYDROPOWER

>> IT CONNECTS TO THE GENERATOR OVER THERE, THAT IS PRODUCING THE POWER >> Reporter: IT LOOKS MORE LIKE A BLENDER IN WATER OR MANY WIND TURBINES THE CANAL WATER IS POWERING THIS GENERATOR, AN OTHER WISED — AN OTHERWISE UNTAPPED RESOURCE IN ALL OF HER IS OVERSEEING THE PROJECT — IAN OLIVER IS OVERSEEING THE PROJECT THIS CANAL ALREADY REMOVED CITY WATER FROM THE CANAL TO THE RESERVOIR IN GOLDEN BLADES ARE USED TO TAP INTO THAT ENERGY

>> THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN DONE IN THE US BEFORE >> Reporter: BOTH TURBINES ARE GENERATING ENERGY THIS UNIT CAN PRODUCE 80 MEGAWATT HOURS PER YEAR, ENOUGH TO GENERATE POWER TO SEVEN HOMES

MORE HYDROPOWER GENERATION IS MORE MONEY THAT DENVER WATER IS ABLE TO MAKE >> Reporter: WHICH IN THE END COULD SAVE YOU MONEY ON YOUR WATER BILL DENVER WATER SELLS ITS HYDROPOWER AND SAYS THAT MONEY WILL OFFSET OPERATING COSTS >> LOOK AT THE EFFICIENCY AND BENEFITS TO CUSTOMERS >> Reporter: THE CITY IS WORKING WITH ENERGY WHO DESIGNED GENERATORS

THEY PLAN TO INSTALL 10 TURBINES BY THE END OF THE SUMMER AND HOPE ONE DAY THEY CAN BE DEPLOYED AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT USING DAMS >> THERE ARE CANALS DELIVERING WATER TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THIS IS OUR WAY TO MAKE BENEFICIAL USE OF THAT WATER >> Reporter: JENNIFER KOVALESKI, DENVER7 >> THIS IS PART OF A PILOT

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