Hydroelectric Development on the Illinois Waterway

by John Williams, Tudor Engineering Co, Denver, CO, USA,
Henry Mayer, Tudor Engineering Co, Denver, CO, USA,
Robert A. Rogina, Tudor Engineering Co, Denver, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


The feasibility studies and FERC License Applications were completed in August and September, 1983 for three hydroelectric projects on the Illinois Waterway at existing U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Locks and Dams. The total installed capacity of all three projects will be about 22,500 kilowatts and the potential average annual energy production will be about 172,000,000 kilowatt-hours per year. This paper discusses the power plant designs and equipment selections that were prepared for the FERC License Applications. The power studies that were conducted which take into account head changes due to tailwater fluctuations, lockage losses and turbine operating characteristics are also discussed. Lastly, the cost estimates for the projects are presented, and the economic value of the power and energy that will be generated by the projects is discussed.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Hydro power | Waterways | Feasibility studies | Licensure and certification | Federal government | Locks (waterway) | Locks (dam) | Illinois | United States

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