Mt. Elbert Pumped-Storage Powerplant

by R. J. Gyllenborg, US Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


This paper describes the principal design features, construction, and operation of Mt. Elbert Pumped-Storage Powerplant. Mt. Elbert is the Bureau of Reclamation's first and largest pumped-storage powerplant and has an installed capacity of 200 MW. It is the primary hydroelectric feature of the Bureau's Fryingpan-Arkansas Project and was constructed to provide peaking capacity. This capacity is marketed by Western Area Power Administration's Loveland-Fort Collins Area Office.

Subject Headings: Waste storage | Power plants | Hydro power | Bureau of Reclamation | Marketing | Construction management | Energy storage

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