Construction at the North Fork Reservoir in the Black Mountain area in 2020 included numerous upgrades, but not the addition of hydro-power.

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:

Question: I’m curious as to why the upgrades to the North Fork Dam did not include adding hydro power? I’ve been reading about how it is supposedly easy and inexpensive to add hydropower to existing dams. Ideally, adding hydropower would take place during a renovation. Here are some articles about adding generation to existing dams: 

My answer: I don’t know what the city did, but apparently I now have a subscription to Hydro Review magazine, and my life is forever changed.

Real answer: Honestly, this is a topic I’d never considered, but the reader raises a really fascinating point. The articles above get a little technical, but conversions to hydro-electric dams have been happening all over the country for years now, so it’s not exactly a whacky idea.

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