Black Canyon Dam Third Hydroelectric Generating Unit Project
The Bureau of Reclamation is proceeding with a design for a new third hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam located on the Payette River about 5 miles northeast of Emmett, Idaho.
The proposed 12.5 MW hydroelectric unit will expand the capacity of the two existing 5 MW units with a one that can generate 105 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). The power produced will serve 10 irrigation districts in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon, as well as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
The additional generating unit will take advantage of water that typically would go over the dam and will turn it into pollution-free hydroelectric power. It will also provide operational flexibility when one of the existing units is shut down for maintenance.The project is projected to cost about $53 million and to be funded by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). BPA markets the hydroelectric power generated at Reclamation facilities located in the Pacific Northwest.
|09/2013||Fact Sheet: Black Canyon Dam Proposed Third Hydroelectric Generating Unit||PDF 349 kb|
|06/2013||Black Canyon Power Plant Location Map||PDF 167 kb|
|10/2011||Final Environmental Assessment Finding of No Significant Impact Construction of a Third Hydroelectric Generating Unit - Black Canyon Dam||PDF 2.22 mb|
|06/2011||Construction of a Third Hydroelectric Generating Unit - Black Canyon Dam Draft Environmental Assessment||PDF 2.21 mb|
|07/01/2014||Wild Rose Park to Close during Construction at Black Canyon Diversion Dam in 2015||HTML|
|06/16/2014||New Hydroelectric Generating Unit Delayed at Black Canyon Diversion Dam||HTML|
|06/20/2013||Wild Rose Park to Close During Construction at Black Canyon Diversion Dam||HTML|
|06/13/2013||Reclamation to Host Open House on Black Canyon Diversion Dam Hydropower Construction Project||HTML|
|01/29/2013||Reclamation Resumes Drawdown at Black Canyon Reservoir for Data Collection||HTML|
|12/14/2012||Reclamation Work at Black Canyon Dam Delayed Due to Recent Rainfall, Caution Advised Near Riverbanks||HTML|
|11/09/2012||Reclamation Draws Black Canyon Reservoir Down for Design Data Collection, Caution Advised by Riverbanks||HTML|
|10/25/2011||Reclamation Issues Final EA/FONSI on New Hydropower Unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam||HTML|
Last Update: November 17, 2014 9:55 AM