Hydropower retrofit at the Toledo Bend Dam

by Albert J. Gray, Sabine River Authority of Texas, Orange, TX, USA,
Jack W. Tatum, Sabine River Authority of Texas, Orange, TX, USA,
Barry Butterfield, Sabine River Authority of Texas, Orange, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


Since the early 1970's, the Authorities have been examining the possibility of utilizing sluiceway releases to generate hydroelectric power to meet most of the demands of their respective pumping plants. However, due to physical size limitations and other concerns, it has not been feasible until recently to seriously consider installation of this project. A plan for installation of hydroelectric facilities in the sluiceway was developed from three major criteria. First, the unit had to have operational capability over a range of flows, with a maximum of 200 cfs. Second, the unit must fit within the confines of the sluiceway or other existing structures. Third, the unit should be capable of easy removal from the sluiceway in order to restore the conduit to its original hydraulic capacity. The last criterion was critical to the Texas Authority's water rights permit issued by the Texas Water Commission.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Rehabilitation | Dams | Pumping stations | Water rights | Power plants | Existing buildings | Conduits

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