O’Shaughnessy Dam hydro plant to generate power for Columbus again

An aging Central Ohio hydropower unit is expected to be operational again by mid-2023, after Columbus City Council recently approved $15.3 million in bond money for repairs to the plant at O’Shaughnessy Dam, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The dam’s hydro-generators “began producing power in 1987 under a federal program to reduce reliance on foreign oil” but were shut down in 1987 due to disrepair, according to the article. The generators will be removed, cleaned, inspected and refurbished as needed, while control panels and switches “will be upgraded to state-of-the-art technology.” The 5-megawatt plant could “potentially power thousands of homes.” For more, read the full article.

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