§31-2-3. Right to produce electricity for own uses.
Any such railroad company may acquire, construct, own, hold
and operate plants and properties for the generation, production
and transportation of electricity in this state, for its
corporate uses and purposes: Provided, That it shall not build
or construct any hydroelectric plant or any dams or impounding
basins for the use of such plant in any waters of the state,
without having first obtained the consent of the public service
commission of the state so to do.