Pike County leaders want to know more about a proposed hydropower project on the Mississippi River.

 


   Pike County leaders want to know more about a proposed hydropower project on the Mississippi River.
   A meeting to discuss the plan is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Apple Shed on Highway 79 in Clarksville. The session is part of the Clarksville council meeting.
   Quincy is setting up a limited liability corporation as part of it effort to produce power from three Mississippi River locks.
   The move will allow the city to draw private investors for the $100 million project. The city also has approved hiring a lobbyist to help push forward the process in Washington, D.C., and approved investigating a power purchase agreement.
   Plans call for installing power-producing, environmentally friendly turbines at Lock and Dam 21 at Quincy, Lock and Dam 24 at Clarksville and Lock and Dam 25 at Winfield.
   The city and its investors would sell the electricity to a utility, which would then distribute it to customers.
   A license application is being submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the priority site, Lock 21.
   If all falls into place, the Quincy turbines could be churning by Jan. 1, 2014, with the Clarksville site going on line by 2016 and the Winfield facility operational two years later.