Lower St. Anthony Falls Hydroelectric Project P-12451

General information

Waterway  Mississippi River
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Run-of-river
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-12451
FERC project name Lower St. Anthony Falls
Permit issued 2/16/06
Permit expiration 1/27/56

Ownership and operation

Owner SAF Hydroelectric, LLC
Owner type Wholesale Power Marketer
Year first online (conventional hydro) 2011
Transmission or distribution system owner Northern States Power Co - Minnesota

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 16
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 9.6 MW
Average annual net hydropower generation 36,710.6 MWH

The project is located at the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam (LSAF Lock & Dam) on the Mississippi River, in the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.

FERC issued a license on February 21, 2006 to SAF Hydro LLC, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Power toconstruct and operate a hydropower facility on the Lowe St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River.

SAF Hydro and the Corps signed a memorandum of agreement for access, design and construction in September 2006.

The Corps accepted SAF Hydro’s proposed design for the hydropower plant on March 5, 2009. Construction is underway and will be completed in fall 2010. Commercial operation is proposed to begin in December 2010.

The Corps and the Licensee will sign an operating memorandum of agreement prior to the plant beginning commercial operation.

Source: USACE

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