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Pilot Butte Powerplant

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RiverWind River
PurposePilot Butte Powerplant was built to supply power to the project
FactsThe plant has two generating units which operate under a maximum head of 105 feet with a total capacity of 1,600 kilowatts. Power is distributed over 76 miles of transmission lines.
FactsPilot Butte Powerplant is operated on a seasonal basis during the diversion of irrigation flows to Pilot Butte Reservoir.
HistoryThe Pilot Butte Powerplant, located at the drop from the Wyoming Canal to Pilot Butte Reservoir was taken out of service in June 1973. A new penstock was installed and units were placed in service in June 1990.
Present ActivitiesEmergency repairs were completed in FY 2003 on the stator core of Unit 2. This required disassembly of the unit and removal of the rotor. Repairs to the rotor were also accomplished during the outage.
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 Capacity1,600 kW
Installed Capacity1,600 kW
Year of Initial Operation1925
Age88 years
Net Generation3,066,840 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2007
Rated Head100 ft
Plant Factor22.9 percent
(Fiscal Year)2007
Production ModeBase Load
Remotely OperatedYes
Project AuthorizationThe project was authorized for construction by the Secretary of the Interior on June 19, 1918, under the terms of the Indian Appropriation Act for fiscal year 1919, and approved by the Congress on May 25, 1918. By the act of June 5, 1920, the project was placed under Reclamation's jurisdiction. On September 25, 1970, Public Law 91-409 reauthorized the project as the Riverton Unit of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program.
Project PurposePilot Canal flows in a generally easterly direction from Pilot Butte Reservoir, servicing lands south of those supplied by the Wyoming Canal.
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