Commissioned: 1969
Elbow, SK
Fuel source:
Net capacity:
186 MW

  • Located on the South Saskatchewan River near Elbow.
  • Three units with a capacity of 62 MW each.
  • The station was needed to meet the expanding needs of Saskatchewan homes, farms and industries. New water supplies were needed for irrigation and recreation.
  • The Coteau Creek Station draws water from Gardiner Dam, which is located approximately one kilometre upstream.

Hydroelectric Stations

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Hydroelectricity is created by falling water. Water from reservoirs flows through the penstocks that connect the reservoir to the station. The water turns a hydraulic turbine, which rotates a generator and produces electricity.

Once the water has been through the turbine, it is directed into the exit, called a tailrace. The water is then returned to the river below the dam where it continues downstream toward its natural destination.

By holding water in the reservoir, the potential for immediate electricity is stored. Excess water from heavy rains or spring run-off can be released from the reservoir through spillway gates, if required.

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