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Stampede Powerplant

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RegionFacilities in Mid-Pacific | Mid-Pacific Home Page
RiverLittle Truckee River
PurposeStampede Powerplant is a run-of-the-river plant. The power generated is dedicated first to meeting the requirements of the project facilities. The remaining energy is marketed to various preference customers in northern California.
FactsThe dam is a zoned earthfill structure with a height of 239 feet, a crest length of 1,511 feet, and an embankment volume of 4.5 million cubic yards. The dam is 40 feet wide at the crest. The reservoir, with a capacity of 226,500 acre-feet, provides flood control, recreation, a new reservoir fishery, and other fishery improvements on the main Truckee River, Little Truckee River, and Boca Reservoir.
HistoryThe powerplant was placed on-line in 1988.
Present ActivitiesNormal operations. Maintain and regulate river releases.
Special IssuesStampede Powerplant provides the economic equivalent of project-use power to Lahontan and Marble Bluff fish facilities.
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 Capacity3,650 kW
Installed Capacity3,650 kW
Year of Initial Operation1987
Age20 years
Net Generation11,102,000 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2007
Rated Head183 ft
Plant Factor35.7 percent
(Fiscal Year)2007
Production ModeIntermediate
Remotely OperatedNo
Project AuthorizationThe project was authorized by Public Law 858, 84th Congress, 2d Session, August 1, 1956, as amended August 21, 1958, by Public Law 85-706.
Project PurposeThe project was designed to improve the regulation of runoff of the Truckee and Carson River systems and provide supplemental irrigation water and drainage for presently irrigated lands, as well as water for municipal and industrial and fishery uses, flood protection, fish and wildlife benefits, and recreation development.
Project PurposeThe Washoe Project was designed to develop water supplies to meet additional needs by conserving excess runoff in project reservoirs, and by saving water now lost to nonbeneficial evaporation and transpiration. The plan also called for using storage capability to regulate flows for such nonconsumptive purposes as flood control, fishery improvement, and power production.
First nameRobert
Last nameMacDougal
TitleCivil Engineer, Lahontan Basin Area Office
Phone (Fax)702 882-7592
Phone (Individual)702 883-3436

Last updated: May 13, 2009