Yellowstone's new hydroelectric plant is up and running

Feb 4, 2013

Yellowstone National Park is now generating one third of its electricity from a hydroelectric facility.  Located near the Mammoth Hot Springs Headquarters, the plant’s engineers estimate that it will save the Park about $70,000 a year.   

Park spokesman, Dan Hottle, says that the hydroelectric plant will also be good for the environment.  

“This is one example,” Hottle says, “of a project where we were able to cut our greenhouse emissions by almost 800 metric tons every year.”

The hydroelectric plant’s turbine is fed by water from the Gardiner River, Panther Creek, and Indian Creek.