Status of Hydropower Development at Corps of Engineers Dams

by Michael R. Walsh, Inst for Water Resources, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


The Corps of Engineers is the largest single supplier of hydroelectric power in the United States with 74 projects and an installed capacity of 20,839 MW. In addition, 33 Corps projects have hydroelectric power facilities developed by non-Federal developers. There are 19 Corps projects with hydroelectric power facilities currently under construction. At two of these projects the Corps is directly involved with the construction. At the other seventeen non-Federal developers licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are constructing the facilities. There are 261 projects with a potential for the addition of hydroelectric power capacity. Of the 106 Corps dams with existing hydroelectric power facilities, 32 have a potential for the addition of hydroelectric power facilities. If all were developed, the total additional capacity would be 3,092 MW.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Dams | Electric power | Power plants | Construction management | Licensure and certification | Federal government | Electrical systems | United States

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