Estimating Power Plant Cooling Water Demand

by Jobaid Kabir, Lower Colorado River Authority, Austin, United States,
Quentin Martin, Lower Colorado River Authority, Austin, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


The Fayette Power Project (FPP) includes three generation units, with more than 1,500 megawatts of generating capacity, supplying electricity to more than a million Central Texans. The power generation facility of FPP is jointly owned by the City of Austin and Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). Water demand for the existing Cedar Creek reservoir and proposed Baylor Creek reservoir at FPP is supplied from water withdrawn from the Colorado River. This water is pumped from the Colorado River near La Grange to the cooling reservoirs of FPP. This paper describes the procedure used in estimating water demands for the cooling system of the FPP.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power plants | Reservoirs | Cooling (wastewater treatment) | Temperature effects | Water demand | Electric power | Hydrologic models | Texas | United States | Colorado River

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