Prospects for Hydroelectric Power Development at Corps of Engineer Dams

by Michael R. Walsh, US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort, Belvoir, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


There are two basic approaches to developing hydroelectric power facilities at Corps dams. The Corps can develop projects at the request of Congress through the authorization process. Non-Federal developers, including municipalities, utilities, and other public and private entities, can apply for a license to construct hydroelectric power facilities through the FERC process. Current policy now encourages non-Federal development except in those few cases where conflicts with the existing Corps project purposes would make it impractical. These policies will tend to increase the amount of hydroelectric power development by non-Federal entities and reduce Corps development at Corps dams. Given the potential resource and engineering, economic, environmental, and social incentives and obstacles confronting potential developers at Corps dams it is reasonable to expect that 5,000 MW of additional capacity will be developed at Corps dams by the year 1995.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Dams | Project management | Construction management | Local government | Utilities | Public private partnership | Private sector

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