Power Production at Federal Dams Could Be Increased by Modernizing Turbines and Generators

EMD-77-22: Published: Mar 16, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1977.

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Existing Federal hydroelectric plants could increase power production by modernizing turbines to increase efficiencies and capacities and by modernizing generators to increase capacities.

Increasing hydroelectric power production will increase the Nation's energy supply, displace consumption of nonrenewable fuels by fossil-fuel powerplants, reduce pollution, increase Federal revenues, and displace or delay construction of alternate power sources. Detailed analysis at each powerplant is needed to determine what modernization improvements might be made and if they would be cost effective. At present, the agencies do not have a system to make sure that opportunities are identified and acted upon.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretaries of the Interior and the Army and the Chairman of the Board of the Tennessee Valley Authority should: identify opportunities to improve hydropower production through equipment modernization, implement those that are economically justified, and consider making changes before the end of the equipment's useful life; include in the economic analysis the value of oil or coal consumption displaced and, either directly or indirectly, the value of maintenance costs reduced by installing new equipment; include feasible turbine and generator modernization in their overall hydroelectric power expansion plans; and develop systems to make sure that future technological improvements are recognized and considered for implementation in existing systems.

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