June 27, 2017
After more than a century of continuous operation, the Manitou Springs Hydro Plant was inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame on June 27 at the 2017 HydroVision International in Denver, Colo.
The Manitou Hydro Plant began producing electricity Feb. 15, 1905, harnessing the power of water flowing off Pikes Peak. During the summer’s peak water flows, the plant generates up to 5.5 megawatts of electricity. The location of the plant, at the base of the Manitou Incline, makes it one of the highest hydro plants in the world. Prior to complete automation in 1994, the plant was manned 24-hours a day with a small staff.
The induction of the plant into the Hall of Fame acknowledges the significant contribution it has made to the rich history of this area by providing clean, renewable electric power to Colorado Springs Utilities’ customers. Learn more about the plant in this video.
This is the 22nd year the Hydro Hall of Fame has recognized extraordinary hydro achievement throughout the world, with a special emphasis on longevity. Since the award was created in 1995, a total of 44 hydropower projects have been inducted, all of which have been in continuous operation for at least 100 years.
- Wednesday, June 28 from 10 to 11 a.m.
- Manitou Springs Hydro Plant, 590 Ruxton Ave, Manitou Springs
- Interview Chris Thompson, operations supervisor of Remote Energy Plants, about why the Manitou Springs Hydro Plant was inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame and receive a tour of the plant.
- Required attire for tour: Long pants, no skirts or dresses; and closed-toe shoes.