Hydroelectric Plants in Alabama
Bankhead Dam
Location: AL
Operator: Alabama Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 45 MW propeller
Operation: 1963
T/G supplier: AC
Quick facts: Operated as a peaking facility. The original lock was built in 1915 and replaced in 1963. This is the tallest dam on the Black Warrior River.

Photograph courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Posted 13 Nov 2005

Guntersville
Location: AL
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 4 X 29 MW, 1 X 44 MW
Operation: 1939-1952
T/G supplier: SMS, GE
Quick facts: Guntersville is named for John Gunter, an early Scottish settler and adopted member of the Cherokee tribe, who established the town the year after the end of the American Revolution. With the completion of a series of locks and dams along the Tennessee River, the small town became an important riverine port.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 2 Jan 2005

Holt Dam
Location: AL
Operator: Alabama Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 40 MW propeller
Operation: 1968
T/G supplier: BLH, GE
Quick facts: Holt Lock and Dam was completed by the Army Corps of Engineers and like Bankhead Dam has an Alabama Power hydro plant. The Holt Dam inundated four older locks, some of which were removed to prevent navigation hazards at low water. The 3200ac Holt Lake is a popular recreational destination.

Photograph courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Posted 13 Nov 2005

Jones Bluff
Location: AL
Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 4 X 17 MW propeller
Operation: 1975
T/G supplier: NN, WH
Quick facts: The Corps produces hydroelectric power at plants located at two lock and dams on the Alabama River. The Jones Bluff power plant is at the Robert F Henry Lock and Dam. Construction started in 1966 and the lock was opened in 1972.

Photograph courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Posted 13 Nov 2005

Martin Dam
Location: AL
Operator: Alabama Power Co
Configuration: 3 X 48 MW, 1 X 55 MW Francis
Operation: 1927-1952
T/G supplier: IPM, AC, SMS, GE
Quick facts: Martin Dam was the first of four dams constructed on the Talapoosa River. At completion, the reservoir was the world's largest artificial body of water. The concrete gravity dam is 2,000ft long and has a maximum height of 168ft. There are 20 gated spillways. The project cost $20mn and was named in honor of Thomas Martin, President of Alabama Power from 1920-1949 and CEO from 1949-1963.

Photograph courtesy of Alabama Power Co
Posted 4 Oct 2006

Millers Ferry
Location: AL
Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 3 X 25 MW propeller
Operation: 1970
T/G supplier: NN, WH
Quick facts: With 516mi of shoreline and 18 associated recreational areas, the William Dannelly Reservoir behind Millers Ferry Dam attracts more than 4mn visitors each year. After a history of machinery problems and failures, the Corps authorized major repair work on the power station in 1996.

Photograph courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Posted 13 Nov 2005

Wilson Dam
Location: AL
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 21 units of various sizes and types, 675 MW total capacity
Operation: 1925-1962
T/G supplier: BLH, AC, NN, GE, BBC, WH
Quick facts: Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River is the only neoclassical dam in the TVA system. Construction began in 1918 to supply electricity for two U.S. government nitrate plants at Muscle Shoals. TVA acquired Wilson Dam in 1933 and it is now the largest conventional hydroelectric plant in the TVA power system. The dam is 137ft high and 4,541ft long. The main lock at Wilson is 110ft by 600ft. With a maximum lift of 100ft, it is the highest single-lift lock east of the Rockies.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 17 Jan 2005

Wheeler Dam
Location: AL
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 10 X 36 MW, 1 X 44 MW
Operation: 1936-1962
T/G supplier: BLH, GE
EPC: Peter Kiewit Sons, Hardaway Constructors
Quick facts: This project is named for Joseph Wheeler, a Confederate general, a US Army general in the Spanish-American War, and later a U.S. congressman. It is one of nine reservoirs on the Tennessee River. Construction of Wheeler Dam, TVA’s second dam project, began in 1933 and was completed in 1936. The dam is a 1mi long and 72ft high.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 1 Feb 2004

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Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 03-Oct-2012

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