The Melk power plant was built using the low-height construction method from 1979 to 1982 with co-financing from Energie AG Oberösterreich, Salzburg AG, VKW and EVN and incorporates itself harmoniously in the landscape alongside the famous Melk monastery, which lies in the immediate vicinity. In the powerhouse on the right bank of the Danube, there are 9 machine units each comprised of 1 Kaplan bulb turbine and 1 built-in directly coupled three-phase generator, which annually generate around 1,221 GWh of electricity. In the interests of preserving the look of the landscape, the energy is not transported via outdoor cables, but via underground cables in the dam on the right bank to the high voltage grid. All around the oxbow lake, a leisure paradise and a new recreational area has been created. The bird protection pond and the gravel islands in the oxbow lake are a valuable retreat area for aquatic birds. Since 2007, a newly constructed fish ladder has been in operation at the Melk Danube power plant. It is an important component of the "Network Danube-Ybbs" LIFE-Project, which has been implemented in conjunction with the state of Lower Austria and the support of the Ministry of Life (BMLFUW) and the EU.