Energy Unleashed

by Paul E. Cyr, (M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Kleinschmidt Assoc., West Columbia, SC,
Thomas Duxbury, Proj. Mgr.; Catamount Energy Corp., Rutland, VT,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 6, Pg. 42-47

Document Type: Feature article


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discharges a mean daily flow of 2,000 cu ft/s (57 m�/s) under a gross head of 280 ft (85 m) through four Howell-Bunger valves at the Summersville Dam in West Virginia. These valves dissipate the energy developed by the impounded water, and the flows through them represent a total unused electrical generation capacity in excess of 7.4 million MW-hours. In 1992, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a license to the City of Summersville, West Virginia, to harness that energy. In February 1999, after 19 years of permitting and licensing, construction began on a powerhouse to convert the water's energy to electric power.

Subject Headings: Electric power | Water flow | Valves | Licensure and certification | Hydro power | Federal government | Water storage

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