Hydropower on the Arkansas—A Non-Federal Development

by W. B. Smith, Benham-Holway Power Group, Tulsa, OK, USA,
Curtis Q. Warner, Benham-Holway Power Group, Tulsa, OK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Only two of the eleven navigation locks and dams in Arkansas were initially constructed with hydropower facilities. In 1980, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) filed preliminary permit applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for developing the hydropower potential at the nine remaining locks and dams in Arkansas operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. This paper describes the history of project development from initial conception through receipt of construction proposals. It also describes the unique engineering features of the equipment and construction requirements, coordination of design with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for non-federal development on a river system, a review of future power requirements in the area, and a summary of the innovative methods of financing that are being examined by Arkansas' generation and transmission cooperative.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Hydro power | Locks (dam) | Construction equipment | Construction management | Electric power | Power plants | Locks (waterway) | Arkansas

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