Hydroelectric Plants in Tennessee
Boone
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 25 MW, 1 X 30 MW Francis
Operation: 1952-1953
T/G supplier: NN, WH
Quick facts: Boone Dam is on South Fork Holston River. The structure is 160ft high and 1,532ft long. It is named for legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 30 Dec 2004

Center Hill
Location: TN
Operator: US Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 3 X 45 MW Francis
Operation: 1950-1951
T/G supplier: BLH, GE
Quick facts: The Center Hill project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and the River and Harbor Act of 1946. Center Hill Lake is located on the Caney Fork River in the Cumberland River Basin. It covers parts of DeKalb, Putman, White, and Warren Counties in Tennessee. The concrete gravity and earthfill dam is 2,160ft long and up to 250ft in height.

Photograph by Pat Kelley
Posted 18 Jan 2004

Cheatham
Location: TN
Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 3 X 12 MW propeller
Operation: 1958-1960
T/G supplier: NN, GE
Quick facts: Cheatham Lock and Dam Project was authorized in 1946 as a navigation unit of the comprehensive Cumberland River Basin development plan. The complex replaced three smaller locks built at the turn of the century. Construction started in Apr 1950 and the lock opened to navigation in Dec 1952. The project became fully operational with the completion of the power plant in Nov 1960.

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

Cherokee
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 33 MW, 2 X 35 MW Francis
Operation: 1942-1953
T/G supplier: SMS, GE
Quick facts: Cherokee Dam on the Holston River was built on an exceptionally fast track in only 16mos to support the U.S. military build-up for World War II. The reservoir was equipped with an elaborate air injection system to raise dissolved oxygen levels for local fishery resources.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 30 Dec 2004<

Chickamauga
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 4 X 40 MW propeller
Operation: 1939-1951
T/G supplier: BLH, AC
Quick facts: Chickamauga Reservoir on the Tennessee River stretches 59mi upriver to Watts Bar Dam. The dam has a 60 X 360ft lock to move river craft between Nickajack and Chickamauga reservoirs.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 30 Dec 2004

Cordell Hull
Location: TN
Operator: US Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 3 X 33.3 MW propeller
Operation: 1973
T/G supplier: BLH, GE
Quick facts: The plant is named for Cordell Hull, who served as a Congressman, Senator, and finally U.S. Secretary of State from 1933-1944. He was born in Pickett Co, TN.

Photograph by George Green and courtesy of USACE
Posted 27 Dec 2004

Dale Hollow
Location: TN
Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 3 X 18 MW Francis
Operation: 1948-1953
T/G supplier: SMS, WH
Quick facts: Dale Hollow Dam and Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and the River and Harbor Act of 1946. The project was completed for flood control in 1943. The concrete gravity dam is 200ft high and 1,717ft long.

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

Douglas
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 32 MW, 2 X 41 MW Francis
Operation: 1942-1954
T/G supplier: SMS, GE
Quick facts: Work on Douglas Dam began in February 1942 and was completed on a crash schedule in just 12mos and 17 days, a world record for projects of equivalent size. Douglas Dam is on the French Broad River and is 202ft high and 1,705ft long.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 31 Dec 2004

Fort Loudon
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 1 X 36 MW, 2 X 34 MW, 1 X 40 MW propeller
Operation: 1943-1948
T/G supplier: BLH, AC
Quick facts: Ft Loudon Dam is on the Tennessee River and is 120ft high and 4,190ft long. Fort Loudoun is named for the 18th century British fort built nearby during the French and Indian War.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 1 Jan 2005

Fort Patrick Henry
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 30 MW propeller
Operation: 1953
T/G supplier: NN, WH
Quick facts: In addition to flood control and hydropower benefits, Ft Patrick Henry Reservoir provides cooling water for John Sevier power station.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 2 Jan 2005

Great Falls
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 1 X 15 MW, 1 X 18 MW Francis
Operation: 1916-1924
T/G supplier: AC
Quick facts: Great Falls Dam was built by Tennessee Electric Power Co, a private power company, and bought by TVA in 1939.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 2 Jan 2005

J Percy Priest
Location: TN
Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 1 X 28 MW propeller
Operation: 1969
T/G supplier: AC
Quick facts:This project was approved by the Flood Control Act of 1946 as Stewarts Ferry Reservoir. In 1958, the name was changed to J Percy Priest in honor of the late Congressman from Tennessee. Construction began in Jun 1963 and was completed in 1968. The concrete-gravity and earthfill dam is 130ft high and 2,716ft long.

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

Melton Hill
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 36 MW propeller
Operation: 1964
T/G supplier: BLH, ASEA
Quick facts: Melton Hill Reservoir has a nationally recognized rowing course and is a spring training site for collegiate teams from throughout the eastern United States. The reservoir has hosted a number of national championships.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 9 Jan 2005

Nickajack
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 24 MW, 2 X 28 MW propeller
Operation: 1967-1968
T/G supplier: SMS, AC, Hitachi, GE
Quick facts: Nickajack Dam replaced the Hales Bar Dam, built by private interests in 1913 and leaking at its foundation. Nickajack was the last major conventional hydro plant built by TVA.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 9 Jan 2005

Norris
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 66 MW Francis
Operation: 1936
T/G supplier: NN, WH
Quick facts: Norris Reservoir extends 73mi up the Clinch River and 56mi up the Powell from Norris Dam. It was the first dam TVA built, and is named for Sen George Norris of Nebraska, author of the legislation that created TVA.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 15 Jan 2005

Ocoee Dams
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 70 MW total capacity
Operation: 1911-1950
T/G supplier: IPM, SMS, WH, GE
Quick facts: The three dams of the Ocoee system are in the Cherokee National Forest.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 15 Jan 2005

Old Hickory
Location: TN
Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 4 X 25 MW propeller
Operation: 1957
T/G supplier: BLH, GE
Quick facts: This lock and dam complex on the Cumberland River was authorized for construction in 1946. Construction started in Jan 1952 and dam closure was in Jun 1954. The concrete-gravity and earthfill structure is 3,750ft long and reaches 98ft in height. Old Hickory Lake is close to metropolitan Nashville and is a major recreational destination.

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

Pickwick
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 4 X 40 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1938-1952
T/G supplier: AC, WH
Quick facts: With a 24ft runner, Pickwick’s first turbine was the largest of its kind in the USA when installed. New runners were installed in the 1980s.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 15 Jan 2005

South Holston
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 1 X 38.5 MW Francis
Operation: 1950
T/G supplier: SMS, WH
Quick facts: In 1950, TVA built a 285ft earthen dam on the South Fork of the Holston River creating a 20mi downstream river stretch with temperatures adequate to support coldwater fish. In 1991, TVA built a 7.5ft aerating labyrinth weir below the dam. This doubled dissolved-oxygen content. Trout Unlimited purchased and donated weir valves to maximize water releases which thereby expands the tailwater fisheries habitat.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 17 Jan 2005

Tims Ford
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 1 X 45 MW diagonal, 1 X 700 kW
Operation: 1971-1986
T/G supplier: AC, Hitachi
Quick facts: An ecological flow T/G set was added to keep water moving through the complex when the main unit is not running.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 17 Jan 2005

Watauga
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 29 MW Francis
Operation: 1949
T/G supplier: NN, WH
Quick facts: Watauga is the highest reservoir in the Tennessee River system at 1,900ft above sea level. Construction began in early 1942 but was curtailed later in favor of other wartime building efforts. Work resumed in 1946 and the dam was completed in 1948.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 17 Jan 2005

 
Watts Bar Dam
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 5 X 38 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1941-1944
T/G supplier: Voith,WH
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: Construction of Watts Bar Dam began in 1939 and it was completed in Jan 1942, three weeks after Pearl Harbor. The dam is 112ft high and stretches 2,960ft across the Tennessee River in Meigs and Rhea counties. In addition to forming a navigable 72mi long reservoir, Watts Bar has 60 X 360ft lock that lifts and lowers barges as much as 70ft to Chickamauga Reservoir. The five original BLH propeller turbines were changed our for Voith Kaplan machines, a project that completed in Jun 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 26 Apr 2014

Wilbur
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 3 X 1.3 MW Francis, 1 X 7 MW propeller
Operation: 1912-1950
T/G supplier: SMS, Leffel, WH
Quick facts: Construction of Wilbur Dam began in 1909 and was completed in 1912. It is 77ft high and stretches 375ft across the Watauga River. TVA boughy the dam in 1945 and added a fourth T/G set.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 17 Jan 2005

Abbreviations

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

Updated 26-Apr-2014

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