Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hydropower, part 1: Meldahl dedication ceremony

One problem with wanting to do write something really good is that it takes a lot of time. In this case, I've been researching Ohio River hydropower, and I've gotten sidetracked several times. There is a lot more research to do, but some of this is getting cold, so let's go ahead and go with some stuff, in this case the new hydroelectric power plant at the Meldahl Locks and Dam about 20 miles above Cincinnati.

The plant is a cooperative project of the city of Hamilton, Ohio, and American Municipal Power. The city had a dedication ceremony on June 2 that they allowed me to attend, for which I am very grateful.

First, a shot of a speaker and the audience.

One of the people at the ceremony was Jack Kirsch, former city manager of Hamilton and referred to by people there as the father of the Meldahl hydroelectric plant.

Here are the two dedication plaques that by now have been mounted inside the plant, I assume.

And here are three displays at the ceremony. One shows how construction proceeded, and two show how the plant works.

Up next: Photos of the plant and the dam, followed by Meldahl hydroelectric plant factoids.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks for posting. I had no idea the river was being used to generate power.