A community in northeast Nebraska is launching an effort to generate electricity using only the motion of the Missouri River.
South Sioux City leaders are applying for a $290,000 environmental grant to place six anchored turbines in the waterway.
City Administrator Lance Hedquist came up with the idea and says it should work.
“We’ve thought about this for years. We’re foolish not to take advantage of the great capacity the Missouri River has. Right now, it has 32,000 cubic feet a second of water going downstream, obvously it runs year-round,” Hedquist says.
“If we can harness some of that power to produce some electricity that’s good for the environment, reduces the cost for the citizens,” he says. “We’re foolish not to proceed with it.”
Hedquist says the city’s share of the costs will be offset by the power generated.
He says the facility will have a payback of $450 each day and it should pay for itself in a short period of time.
The city will partner with Green Star Gasifiers on the project. The Missouri River turbines are one of several ventures the city is planning with the company.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City