Hydroelectric Plants in the USA - Kentucky
Barkley
Location: KY
Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 4 X 32.5 MW propeller
Operation: 1965
T/G supplier: NN, GE
Quick facts: A unique feature of this project is the Barkley Canal connecting Lake Barkley on the Cumberland River and Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River. The 400ft wide, 1.75mi canal provides a navigable channel for both commerce and recreation craft moving on the two waterways. Both reservoirs are operated as a unit for flood control and the production of hydroelectric power.

Photograph courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Posted 20 Nov 2005

Cannelton Dam
Location: KY
Operator: American Municipal Power Inc
Configuration: 3 X 29.3 MW bulb
Operation: 2016
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
EPC: MWH, Kiewit Traylor Constructors, Walsh Construction Co
Quick facts: This is one of four new-build AMP HPPs. The powerhouse is on the left abutment of the existing dam at Ohio River mile 720.7 near Hawesville. The dam was completed in 1966/67 by the USACE. Ground breaking for the HPP was on 5 Aug 2009 and full commercial operation was declared in Jun 2016.
The cost was about $416mn and production is expected to be about 485 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of American Municipal Power Inc
Posted 9 Jan 2005

Kentucky Dam
Location: KY
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 32 MW, 3 X 45 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1944-1947
T/G supplier: AC, GE
Quick facts: Kentucky Dam backs up the Tennessee River into a 184mi lake that stretches south across the western tip of Kentucky and nearly the entire width of Tennessee -- the largest manmade lake in the eastern USA. Construction started on 1 Jul 1938 and the reservoir began filling on 30 Aug 1944.  The 8,422ft dam is TVA's longest and rises 206ft. The project cost $118mn.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 9 Jan 2005

Laurel
Location: KY
Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 1 X 74 MW Francis
Operation: 1977
T/G supplier: AC, GE
EPC: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Quick facts: In the 1960s, Congress authorized construction of a dam on the Laurel River 2.3mi above its confluence with the Cumberland River. The dam created a 5,600ac lake located within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Construction began in Dec 1964 and the lake was impounded in 1974. The rockfill dam is 282ft high and 1,420ft long.

Photograph courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Posted 23 Nov 2005

Meldahl Dam
Location: KY
Operator: American Municipal Power Inc
Configuration: 3 X 35-MW bulb
Operation: 2016
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
EPC: Alberici Constructors, Baker Concrete Construction
Quick facts: Meldahl is a run-of-the-river project on the USACE Captain Anthony Meldahl Locks and Dam located near Maysville. Groundbreaking was in Jun 2010. The $685mn project became the largest HPP on the Ohio River when it was completed in Apr 2016. Production is expected to be about 558 GWh/yr. 48 AMP members in 4 states will receive power from this HPP.

Photograph courtesy of American Municipal Power Inc
Posted 16 Jan 2016

Smithland Locks & Dam
Location: KY
Operator: American Municipal Power Inc
Configuration: 3 X 25.3-MW bulb
Operation: 2017
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
EPC: MWH, C J Mahan Construction
Quick facts: Smithland is located 62 river miles upstream of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, in Livingston County. The HPP will divert water from the existing USACE Smithland Locks and Dam to generate an average of 379 GWh/yr. A 2.5mi, 161kV transmission line will connect to MISO.

Photograph courtesy of American Municipal Power Inc
Posted 16 Jan 2016

   
  Wolf Creek Dam
Location: KY
Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 6 X 45 MW propeller
Operation: 1951-1952
T/G supplier: BLH, GE, Hitachi
Quick facts: Lake Cumberland is the second largest lake in the Cumberland River System and covers parts of seven counties in Southeastern Kentucky. The Wolf Creek Project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and the Rivers and Harbor Act of 1946. Construction began in Aug 1941 and after a 3yr delay caused by World War II, the project was completed in Aug 1952. The concrete gravity and earthfill dam reaches 258ft in height: it is 5,736ft long. The cost of the project was $80.4mn.

Photograph courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Posted 20 Nov 2005

 

Abbreviations

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

Updated 19-Oct-2016

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