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Shoshone Powerplant

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Shoshone Project
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Shoshone 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.
FactsThe Shoshone Powerplant is near the base of Buffalo Bill Dam and has a capacity of 3,000 kilowatts.
HistoryShoshone Powerplant began operation in 1922 and the third unit came on line in 1931. The original total installed capacity of the three units was 6,012 kilowatts. In 1980 the plant was shut down due to the deteriorated condition of the units. Units 1 and 2 remain in place in a decommissioned status. Unit 3 was removed and replaced with a new 3,000 kilowatt unit in 1991.
Present ActivitiesA contract was completed in FY 2003 for repairs to the draft tube of the powerplant.
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 Capacity6,012 kW
Installed Capacity3,000 kW
Year of Initial Operation1992
Age21 years
Net Generation20,010,800 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2007
Rated Head220 ft
Plant Factor77.3 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.
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 Shoshone, Heart Mountain, Buffalo Bill, and Spirit 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