The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., May 12, 1921, page 1

Big Project To Be Put Thru By P.P. & L. Co.
Company's Chief Engineer Announces That Project Abandoned in 1913, on Enlarged Scale, to go Ahead - 60 per cent to be paid in Labor
Powerdale Plant in Discard

     That the Pacific Power & Light Co. will expend $1,500,000 in the construction of a big hydro-electric plant on Hood River before March 1st, 1923, was the important announcement made before the Lunch Club on Tuesday by the Chief Engineer of the company, H.H. Schoolfield. He stated that work will be started early in the future and will be rushed until the plant is completed, by March 1st, 1923.
     Mr. Schoolfield said the company had recently been signing up a number of contracts for power, with the result that it now felt justified in announcing the building of a hydro-electric plant with, a capacity of 6000 kilowatts, or 7500 horse-power. All survey work was now complete, and he assured those present that the project will be pushed to completion to augment the present power systems which serve users. The new project is to continue, on a larger scale, that which was started and abandoned in 1913.
    The new plant will be located just above the Mt. Hood railroad bridge across Hood River, north at the present Powerdale plant, which is to be abandoned. The pipe line intake will be about ½ mile above the switchback and the head of water will be conveyed along the west bank of the river to the plant near town.
     Of the million and one half dollars to be spent on the plant, about 60 per cent will be spent in labor, and he thought it would prove to be an addition to the prosperity of Hood River. The project will take ten months to complete, and will prove a big asset to this section, for it will not only offer a better service than has ever been had here, but it will be tied in with the services at The Dalles and the Northwestern plant at White Salmon, thus offering continuous service to all patrons.
     Engineer Schoolfield's announcement brought forth much applause.

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