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Ames Hydro Power Plant

Publication Date: 
October, 2009
Ames Hydro Power Plant located near Telluride Colorado obtains it part of its water from Trout Lake located near Lizard Head Pass. The power plant was the first generating station to produce and transmit alternating current in the world. The power plant was completed in 1891 and transmitted 3000 volts a distance of three miles to serve the Gold King Mine. The plant is currently owned and operated by Xcel Energy and serves towns in Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Utah.