Contact Us

Hydroelectric Power Makes Comeback, AIM Looks to Benefit From Sartell Facility

Verso Paper Mill, Photo by’s Jim Maurice

SARTELL — Hydroelectricity is becoming popular again after years of tight regulations and environmental opposition. But, new state and federal financial incentives, renewable energy policies and a streamlined permit process has power companies competing to build plants.

Now, AIM Development is poised to reap the rewards. The company which bought the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell also owns the hydroelectric generator at the site. AIM Vice President Jeff McGlin says they are currently deciding whether to operate the facility themselves or sell it to a power company.

First, McGlin says they need to get the generator converted so it can distribute power to customers.  McGlin says AIM is investing $600,000-$700,000 in connecting the facility to the power grid.

McGlin estimates it could provide enough electricity, on average, to serve 5,000-6,000 customers.  He says several power companies have already approached AIM about buying the generator.

McGlin says they will likely decide on whether to sell the facility in the first quarter of 2014.

Best of WJON

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The WJON VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The WJON VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.