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Buffalo Bill Powerplant

Photo of Buffalo Bill Powerplant and Shoshone Canyon
Related Projects & Facilities
Shoshone Project
Buffalo Bill Dam
Related Documents
Buffalo Bill Powerplant Performance (pdf)
RegionFacilities in Great Plains | Great Plains Home Page
RiverShoshone River
PurposePower produced on the project is fed into a grid system, which serves an area extending into three States.
FactsBuffalo Bill Dam began storing water in 1910. The dam and reservoir are located in a rugged scenic canyon adjacent to a main highway which leads into Yellowstone National Park.
HistoryIn 1992 construction was completed on the dam modification (which raised the dam 25 feet), the new powerplant, and the visitor`s center.
Present ActivitiesA contract was completed in FY 2003 to furnish and install a new 15 kV vacuum circuit breaker to replace a failed and disconnected switch on the power transformer ring bus.
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 Capacity18,000 kW
Installed Capacity18,000 kW
Year of Initial Operation1992
Age21 years
Net Generation41,027,600 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2007
Rated Head266 ft
Plant Factor26.2 percent
(Fiscal Year)2007
Production ModeIntermediate
Remotely OperatedYes
Project AuthorizationThe Secretary of the Interior authorized the Shoshone Project on February 10, 1904, under authority of the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, and authorized Heart Mountain power development on June 19, 1945, under the provisions of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939.
Project PurposeFloodwaters of the Shoshone River are stored in Buffalo Bill Reservoir for later release for irrigation and power generation. Power is developed at the Buffalo Bill, Spirit Mountain, Shoshone and Heart Mountain Powerplants. The system is interconnected with the West Division of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program.
TitleFacility Manager
OrganizationBig Horn Basin Field Office
Address#4 Reclamation Road
CityCody, WY 82414
Phone (Office)307-527-6256 (ext. 260)

Last updated: Jun 06, 2013