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Malheur County could get billion-dollar energy project on Owyhee Reservoir

The Malheur County Court recently heard from the chief executive officer of a Utah firm that wants to build a power generating facility near the Owyhee Reservoir. (Rachel Parsons/The Enterprise).

VALE – A Utah company is considering construction of a new dam above Owyhee Reservoir as part of a $1.2 billion project to generate new hydro power.

The power operation could generate the equivalent of half the Treasure Valley’s peak electricity demand on a hot summer day.

Matthew Shapiro, chief executive officer of rPlus Hydro . . .