|Elgin is considering the feasibility of adding a small|
hydroelectric power plant on the eastern end of the
Kimball Street dam, in the general area of that fence.
(Ted Schnell • BocaJump)
Stegall said the financial viability of the dam project rides on the price of natural gas, whose use in electrical generation is growing. In 2011, a little more than 30 percent of the nation’s natural gas was used to generate electricity. Only industrial use, totaling about 34 percent, was greater.
Project still in early phases
So there are signs that favor a Kimball Street dam hydropower project, but the decision has yet to be made, and the process will be complicated, Stegall said.