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Estes Powerplant

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Colorado-Big Thompson Project
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Estes Powerplant Performance (pdf)
RegionFacilities in Great Plains | Great Plains Home Page
RiverTransmountain Diversion
PurposeThe powerplant takes diversion water delivered from Marys Lake Powerplant and holds it in Lake Estes for the project. A side benefit is the generation of hydroelectric power for the project.
FactsLake Estes, below Estes Powerplant, is formed by Olympus Dam constructed across the Big Thompson River. The afterbay storage in Lake Estes and the forebay storage in Marys Lake enable the Estes Powerplant to meet daily variations in energy demand.
HistoryThe water and power control center for Colorado - Big Thompson Project?s reservoirs, power plants, and transmission lines in Wyoming, Colorado, and western Nebraska is at the project headquarters in Loveland, Colorado. This Western Division of the Missouri River Basin is an interconnected system of 15 Reclamation power plants.
Present ActivitiesNormal operations
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 Capacity45,000 kW
Installed Capacity45,000 kW
Year of Initial Operation1950
Age63 years
Net Generation101,998,240 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2007
Rated Head515 ft
Plant Factor26.2percent
(Fiscal Year)2007
Production ModeIntermediate
Remotely OperatedYes
Project AuthorizationThe President approved the Secretary of the Interior`s finding of feasibility on December 21, 1937.
Project PurposeThe Colorado-Big Thompson Project is one of the largest and most complex natural resource developments undertaken by Reclamation. It consists of over 100 structures integrated into a transmountain water diversion system through which multiple benefits are provided to the people. The project spreads over approximately 250 miles in Colorado. It stores, regulates, and diverts water from the Colorado River on the western slope of the Continental Divide to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. It provides supplemental water for irrigation of about 720,000 acres of land, municipal and industrial use, hydroelectric power, and water-oriented recreation opportunities.
First name David
Last name Burke
Title Plant Foreman
Phone (Fax) 970 577-0487
Phone (Individual) 970 586-4151

Last updated: Jan 13, 2015