Reports and Data
Reclamation tracks power program performance on a continual basis. Monthly performance reports from the power facilities are used to generate annual summary reports, some of which are included below.
The purpose of this Update is to revise the May 1995 report, “Replacements, Units, Service Lives, Factors” published by the Western Area Power Administration (Western) and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation). There is significant continuity of data in many sample projects from earlier reports dating as far back as March 1968 for some plant accounts. This Update was prepared by a team of Western and Reclamation staff members during the period from October 2003 through December 2005. The Update includes changing the name of the Reference numbers to Justification numbers. The Update also includes adding new units of property as well as combining some of the units of property. These changes were made to reflect current operating and accounting practices.
Reclamation-Wide Power Performance
Reclamation incorporates monthly hydroelectric powerplant performance data into an electronic database and a long term trend analysis tool. As a part of this effort, benchmarks have been developed which give an overall trend analysis of powerplant performance. The benchmarks look at the availability of the turbine/generators to deliver power and energy when requested and the cost of producing the energy and power. The Reclamation-wide and Regional power performance for Fiscal Year 2007 are presented in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format at the links below:
- Benchmarking Overview
- Reclamation-wide power profile
- 0 - 10 megawatt group powerplants
- 10 - 30 megawatt group powerplants
- 30 - 100 megawatt group powerplants
- 100 - 500 megawatt group powerplants
- 500 + megawatt group powerplants
- Pacific Northwest Region
- Mid Pacific Region
- Lower Colorado Region
- Upper Colorado Region
- Great Plains Region
Complete Annual Reclamation Databook:
Link to detailed information about our facilities from any of the links below:
* As indicated in the data file, facility data is considered PROVISIONAL and is subject to revision. Data users are cautioned to consider carefully the provisional nature of this information before using.
National Performance Review Report
Reclamation's Role in Hydropower
Reclamation's Power Uprating Report
Power Resources Office Business Plan (in .pdf format )
Facilities Instructions, Standards and Techniques (FIST) Manuals
Hydropower - A Key to Prosperity in the Growing World (Produced in Cooperation with the International Energy Agency)
Inventory of Reclamation Water Surface Storage Studies with Hydropower Components
Report to Congress Implementing Provisions of Section 1840 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58) . This report complies with Section 1840 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requiring the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to develop a report "identifying and describing the status of potential hydropower facilities included in water surface storage studies undertaken by the Secretary for projects that have not been completed or authorized for construction" since 1939.
This report contains no recommendations. However, it does serve as a useful reference tool for understanding the magnitude and scope of historical study activities in specific locations. The report is in .pdf format.
Potential Hydroelectric Development at Existing Federal Facilities for Section 1834 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005
This report complies with Section 1834 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Section 1834) that requires the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of the Army, and the Secretary of Energy to “jointly conduct a study assessing the potential for increasing electric power production at federally owned or operated water regulation, storage, and conveyance facilities.” The study participants included select staff of the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Western Area Power Administration, the Southeastern Power Administration, the Southwestern Power Administration, and the Bonneville Power Administration.
The study examined 871 existing federal facilities, with and without hydroelectric generating capability, assessing their physical capacity for generation or generation expansion and their economic viability based on comparisons with regional electric power rates. The report does not include any assessments of lands not under federal domain or consider new dam construction. In addition, the study participants developed and included assessment tools for generating capacity and economic viability that may be used and updated for future use.
The 1834 Report contains no recommendations. Rather, the report only attempts to give a broad inventory and assessment of future hydropower development at federal facilities under the jurisdiction of the participating agencies. The report is in pdf format. Additional analysis tools are included below.
The updated Hydropower Energy and Economic Analysis Tool is located here.
Potential Hydroelectric Resource Development Map
This interactive map combines Reclamation's current and potential hydropower sites with the best Western US wind and solar resource areas.