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    The Niagara Power Project turns 50

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A small army of men and machines moved into Niagara Falls and Lewiston half a century ago to build the $720 million Niagara Power Project that forever changed the face of the lower Niagara River gorge and ignited unending debate over the project itself, the allocation of electricity and the project’s legacy.

    As remembered in today’s Buffalo News Niagara Weekend section, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller flipped a symbolic red-handled switch at 11:35 a.m. on Feb. 10, 1961, that formally put into service the largest water-driven power complex in the free world.

    The massive power production of Niagara Falls

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    From CNet News:

    At one time, it was the largest producer of hydroelectric power on the planet. That was in 1961. Today, it is still New York State’s preeminent hydropower facility, and it shares some of the glory of one of the most awesome spectacles in the world.

    This is, of course, the Niagara Power Project, a hydropower producer capable of lighting 24 million 100-watt bulbs at once–2.4 million kilowatts. A ways downriver from the world famous Niagara Falls–Horseshoe Falls and American Falls–this giant project is still worth celebrating today, especially in light of the fact that people are so interested in renewable energy these days.

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