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August 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

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Improved PSE powerhouse at Snoqualmie Falls


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Dave Jenness, senior project manager at Puget Sound Energy, checks the exit point for water from Powerhouse 1 at Snoqualmie Falls. This is 270 feet below the edge of the falls in the world's first underground hydroelectric plant buried in bedrock. The two plants at the falls have been upgraded and now will generate 20 percent more electricity with the same amount of water flow, PSE says. The public will have a new, lower-level boardwalk, parking lot and a launch area for kayaks and canoes. downstream of the falls. The rock wall behind him is opposite the Salish Lodge at the bottom of the falls.

ALAN BERNER/ THE SEATTLE TIMES

This copper wire will be used in the grounding of electrical components at Snoqualmie Falls hydroelectric plant.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

It's crowded in the elevator as workers will descent 270-feet inside Powerhouse 1 at Snoqualmie Falls. The upgrade project at the falls totals $265 million.

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This is a detail of an analogue watt meter replaced by digital components at PSE's Snoqualmie Falls hydroelectric plant.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

This new runner through which water flows in this direction spins a shaft at the end of a generator at Puget Sound Energy's Powerhouse 1 at Snoqualmie Falls. Resembling a jet engine, it's custom made and expected to have a 100-year lifespan. It's also more compact than the unit it replaces.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Spray at the top of Snoqualmie Falls creates a rainbow. It's a 270-foot drop over the falls.

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