Non-Federal Development at Federal Dams

by Arthur D. Denys, US Army Corps of Engineers, Dallas, TX, USA,
Thomas W. Plunkett, US Army Corps of Engineers, Dallas, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


This paper describes the recent participation of the Southwestern Division (SWD) of the Corps of Engineers in non-Federal development of the hydropower potential at existing Corps projects in the Southwestern United States. SWD fully supports installation of hydropower by non-Federal entities at Corps projects, through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing procedures. SWD is also involved in non-Federal hydropower projects at Corps reservoirs that do not follow FERC licensing procedures. In either case, hydropower development must be done in a systematic manner consistent with other authorized functions of these public projects so that it does not impact on the safety and integrity of the existing Corps structures. Currently, three FERC licensed plants are under construction and three FERC licensed plants are under design. One very innovative non-FERC plant is under construction in Southeast Texas, and another non-FERC plant is being designed on the ARNS.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Dams | Structural safety | Hydro power | Power plants | Existing buildings | Reservoirs | Public buildings | United States | Texas

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