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No salmon will be sacrificed for new form of hydro power.

Photo Credit: COURTESY LUCID ENERGY  - Portland Water Bureau installs new pipe under Southeast 147th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. The new pipes contain turbines that produce hydro power from potable water flowing downhill. Some Portlanders will soon get their electricity from hydro power generated inside Portland Water Bureau pipes.

Portland-based Lucid Energy, which designed and built the gravity-based renewable energy system, announced it has started producing energy for its first local installation, at pipes under the roadway at Southeast 147th Avenue and Powell Boulevard in East Portland.

City water flows downhill through four 42-inch turbines inside water pipes, generating electricity sold by Portland General Electric. The project is now undergoing testing, and should be fully operative in two months. Lucid estimates it will generate 1,100 megawatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to power up to 150 homes. That’s about $2 million worth of energy in the next 20 years.

Revenue from the system will be shared by the Portland Water Bureau and Harbourton Alternative Energy, which financed the project. After 20 years is up, the Water Bureau will own the system and collect all the revenue it produces from electricity sales.

Neither the city or Water Bureau paid extra for the system.

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