Hydroelectricity is one of the cleanest sources of power currently available. For more than 75 years, natural flows of the Guadalupe River have been passed through the turbines of hydroelectric plants to generate electricity for basin residents. These flows are returned to the river, unchanged, for use by others. Water, the “renewable resource” can be used to create energy that benefits people and the environment.
This division operates a six-megawatt hydroelectric plant located in Sattler, Texas, adjacent to the Canyon Dam discharge channel. The plant uses natural flows of the Guadalupe River as passed through Canyon Dam to provide electricity, through New Braunfels Utilities (NBU), to residents of the City of New Braunfels.
The plant operates through a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, with permits from TCEQ and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. Using state of the art technology, the plant can be remotely operated from Seguin with microwave communication equipment.