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Judge Francis Carr Powerplant

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RegionFacilities in Mid-Pacific | Mid-Pacific Home Page
RiverClear Creek Tunnel
PurposeJudge Francis Carr Powerplant is a peaking plant which is dedicated first to meeting the energy requirements of the project facilities. The remaining energy is marketed to various preference customers in northern California.
FactsThe Judge Francis Carr Powerhouse has two generators with a total capacity of 154,400 kilowatts.
HistoryJudge Francis Carr was originally designated Clear Creek Powerplant. The units were uprated in 1984.
Present ActivitiesGeneration of power from water exported from the Trinity River Basin.
Future Planned ActivitiesTurbine replacement feasibility study starts in 2003.
Special IssuesPlant power production has a degree of fluctuation from tunnel wall organic and mineral coating. Trinity County has first preference to the power benefit for the Central Valley Project from the Judge Francis Carr Powerplant.
NERC RegionWestern Electricity Coordinating Council, California-So. Nevada Power Area
PMA Service AreaWestern Area Power Administration, Sierra Nevada Region
Plant TypeConventional
Powerhouse TypeAbove Ground
Turbine TypeFrancis
Original Nameplate Capacity143,680 kW
Installed Capacity154,400 kW
Year of Initial Operation1963
Age44 years
Net Generation288,122,000 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2007
Rated Head60 ft
Plant Factor21.4 percent
(Fiscal Year)2007
Production ModePeaking
Remotely OperatedYes
Project AuthorizationFunds for construction of the initial features of the Central Valley Project were provided by the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 (49 Stat. 115). The Secretary of the Interior authorized the project and the President approved it on December 2, 1935.
Project AuthorizationThe Trinity River Division was authorized by Public Law 386, 84th Congress, 1st Session, approved August 12, 1955.
Project PurposeThe Central Valley Project, one of the Nation`s major water conservation developments, extends from the Cascade Range on the north to the semiarid but fertile plains along the Kern River on the south. Initial features of the project were built primarily to protect the Central Valley from crippling water shortages and menacing floods. New project units were built to provide water and power to match the continued growth of the State.
Project PurposeAlthough developed primarily for irrigation, this multiple-purpose project also provides flood control, improves Sacramento River navigation, supplies domestic and industrial water, generates electric power, conserves fish and wildlife, creates opportunities for recreation, and enhances water quality.
First nameBrian
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TitleArea Office Manager
Phone (Fax)530 275-2441
Phone (Individual)530 275-1554

Last updated: May 13, 2009