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Alcova Powerplant

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Kendrick Project
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RegionFacilities in Great Plains  | Great Plains Home Page
RiverNorth Platte River
PurposeWater from Alcova Dam is released for other irrigation rights downstream through the Alcova Powerplant or over a controlled spillway.
FactsThe plant uses the 165-foot drop from the reservoir to the river for power generation. It consists of two units, each a 20,700-kilowatt vertical-shaft generator driven by a 26,500-horsepower turbine. The reservoir has a total capacity of 184,208 acre-feet, of which only the top 30,606 acre-feet is active capacity available for irrigation.
HistoryAlcova Powerplant was authorized and built after Alcova Dam was completed in 1938. Construction of Alcova Powerplant was completed in 1955.
Present ActivitiesNormal Operations
Future Planned ActivitiesThe CO2 fire suppression systems for the two generating units will be installed in FY-2008. The wicket gate greasing systems for both generating units will be installed in FY-2009.
NERC RegionWestern Electricity Coordinating Council, Rocky Mountain Power Area
PMA Service AreaWestern Area Power Administration, Rocky Mountain Region
Plant TypeConventional
Powerhouse TypeAbove Ground
Turbine TypeFrancis
Original Nameplate Capacity36,000 kW
Installed Capacity41,400 kW
Year of Initial Operation1955
Age58 years
Net Generation92,408,000 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2007
Rated Head165 ft
Plant Factor25.5 percent
(Fiscal Year)2007
Production ModePeaking
Remotely OperatedYes
Project AuthorizationThe President approved the Kendrick Project on August 30, 1935. The Alcova Powerplant was authorized for construction on August 22, 1950, under the provisions of section 9(a) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Originally known as Casper-Alcova, the project was renamed Kendrick in 1937.
Project PurposeThe Kendrick Project conserves the waters of the North Platte River for irrigation and electric power generation. The project is a multiple-purpose development with storage at Seminoe Reservoir and diversion at Alcova Dam to project lands. Operation of the reservoirs and powerplants is integrated with other river basin developments.
TitleFacility Manager
OrganizationNorth Platte Projects Field Office
Address22122 Kortes Road
CityAlcova, WY 82620
Phone (Office)307-261-5960

Last updated: Jun 06, 2013