Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 589,000 customers. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,160 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana. AEP, which owns I&M, has a generating capacity of 26,000 MW. [I&M]Another datum that we would have been better off building better nuclear power plant designs rather than space stations. (Who remembers Skylab?) Of course, back then fusion power was supposed to be a reality by the year 2000. But I am glad to see that wind power is not a joke, compared to hydro and solar, for renewable energy options.
The 3.4 MW of this dam is 0.0013% of AEP's generating capacity. I wonder what the cost of gate replacement was compared to the cost of removing the dam. Although a problem with removing dams is that an economy of marinas, canoe rentals, and fishing piers develops along the banks of rivers that have a stable water level.