National lab, Idaho Falls Power test small hydro startup during power outage

By Renewable Energy World Idaho National Laboratory is working with municipally owned utility Idaho Falls Power to test how small hydropower plants can serve as reliable sources of startup power during outages.

The city of Idaho Falls owns five hydropower plants on the Snake River, from the Upper Power Plant north of the city to the Gem State Dam just to the south. These plants generate enough electricity to meet about one-third of the city’s needs, and the rest of its power is purchased wholesale. All the power on the regional grid is managed by a Balancing Authority.

INL researchers have performed tests to see how

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