Hydropower Development at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Control Dams: An Evaluation of Key Water Release and Reservoir Pool Issues
Proceedings of the Symposium on Small Hydropower and Fisheries
Olson FW;White RG;Hamre RH;
American Fisheries Society
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) flood control dams have been prime candidates for the installation of small-scale hydropower developments. This paper presents a summary of three key issues that arise in such developments and how they were addressed during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing process at three COE dams in the Northeast. The three issues are the question of a daily pulsing arrangement for hydroelectric power generation as opposed to generation using current COE releases patterns (run-of-river), the requirements for flows during construction, and the reservoir levels and intake draw-off levels to be used.