Hydroelectric Power Benefits
Hydroelectric power is also important to the reliability of the Ameren system because, unlike the company’s nuclear and fossil fuel plants, hydro plants can be started in seconds - providing needed power in case of a system emergency. On a routine basis, hydro plants play a key role in helping meet peak electrical demands.
Besides their benefits to the Ameren electrical system, Bagnell Dam and the Osage Energy Center play a role in flood control, while providing water recreation for millions of visitors and local residents each year and other environmental benefits.
The Lake of the Ozarks was created in the 1930s with the damming of the Osage River. This resulted in the creation of 1,150 miles of shoreline.
Also in the 1930s, the federal government purchased 18,700 acres, creating Lake of the Ozarks State Park, a valuable resource for wildlife preservation. As a steward of the now popular Lake of the Ozarks, Ameren Missouri has launched aggressive shoreline management activities, supported development of a local visitors’ center and established programs that reduce flooding, ensure stable water supplies, increase the quantity of local fish and improve dissolved oxygen for aquatic species.
Our activities at the Lake have won multiple awards from the National Hydropower Association (NHA) for outstanding stewardship of America’s waterways.