The current Maroon Creek hydroelectric plant was built in the late 1980s. Its maximum output is 450 Kilowatts. The Ruedi power plant was built in 1984 and has a capacity of 5.0 megawatts. The City owns the generator building and the water rights, but the dam is controlled by the Bureau of Reclamation. Both power plants sell their energy to the grid, whereas the proposed Castle Creek Energy Center will directly deliver power to the City's electric utility serving nearly 3,000 residential and commercial customers. The City of Aspen is also looking into several micro hydro projects around town.
For questions and comments, contact Dave Hornbacher, Director of Utilities and Environmental Initiatives, at 970-429-1983.