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Two hydroelectric dams span Deep River between Lee and Chatham Counties, but neither contributes appreciably to the abundance of electric power enjoyed in the area.
The Southside Electric Cooperative of Virginia is researching the application of a complex conventional and pumped storage hydro-electric plants on the main-stem of the Roanoke River and its major tributaries. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission opposes these water development projects due to adverse affects on the fisheries resources, which also compromises outdoor recreational activities in the area.
Three large privately-owned power companies, along with several smaller operations, provide North Carolina's industrial and civilian populations with electric power services. In anticipation of the growing power needs for the coming years, these companies are turning to alternative methods of providing power, such as hydro-electric mechanisms.
North Carolina’s Electric Membership spent the past two years conducting feasibility studies of several highly-rated potential hydroelectric power sites across the state. The studies concluded that no hydro projects were worthy of development because the benefit-to-cost ratios were too small. Several issues involved high interest rates, technical difficulties and environmental concerns.
A demonstration “micro” hydroelectric plant in Watauga County, which is now smoothly generating enough electricity for several homes, is the product of a federal grant and work by two college students. The students applied what they learned in class to erect the small-scale plant on Laurel Creek.