Work continues around the clock at RRHP

Work on the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project continues

Work on the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project continues

Nov 19

Work on the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project continues with approximately 100 workers on the site at this time. Construction of the temporary and permanent earth retention structures on both the upstream and downstream sides of the dam is underway.

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T15 to be closed to all traffic beginning October 30

T15 to be closed to all traffic beginning October 30

Oct 08

A section of Highway T15 that crosses over the Red Rock Dam is projected to be closed to all traffic for about 10 to 12 weeks beginning October 30. This date could change due to future weather and lake conditions.

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MRES Officially Breaks Ground on RRHP

MRES Officially Breaks Ground on RRHP

Aug 14

The official groundbreaking of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project (RRHP) took place Aug. 13 at Lake Red Rock near Pella, Iowa.

The project is a retrofit of an existing Army Corps of Engineers dam on the Des Moines River that will produce 36 megawatts of power, with the capacity to generate up to 55 megawatts during peak seasons; enough to power about 18,000 homes. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is building the project, which is being financed by Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (WMMPA). RRHP is expected to be completed in 2018, at which point it will be the second-largest hydropower facility in Iowa.

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Red Rock North Tailwater area to be closed

Red Rock North Tailwater area to be closed

Aug 04

During construction of hydroelectric plant, the Red Rock North Tailwater area will be closed.

The North Tailwater area near the Red Rock Dam will be closed to the public beginning Aug. 4 to enable construction of hydroelectric facilities at the Dam. The closure will extend until construction of the project is completed in the spring of 2018.

The closure will include the North Tailwater Recreation Area of Lake Red Rock, and a section of the Volksweg Trail from Howell Station Campground to North Overlook Picnic Area in that vicinity.

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Completion of $351 million bond issue

Completion of $351 million bond issue

Jul 24

Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency completes $351 million bond issue.

The Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (WMMPA) completed a very successful bond sale of $351,255,000 Thursday, June 26.

The majority of the funds from the bond issue will be used to finance construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project at the existing Red Rock dam site on the Des Moines River near Pella, Iowa. Proceeds from the sale also will finance the completion of the WMMPA share of the CapX 2020 Fargo and Brookings transmission projects, and capital improvements at existing generation facilities, primarily the coal-fired Laramie River Station. Most of the bonds were sold at a premium, meaning that the total proceeds to be received from the sale will be about $390 million.

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