Montana hydro power plants enjoy good water conditions

PPL Montana's 12 hydroelectric facilities are operating in anticipation of rivers and streams running high from a combination of rain and a heavy mountain snowpack.

The 194 MW Kerr and 12 MW Mystic dams and the Hebgen water control dam provide seasonal flood control that reduces higher spring flows in their downstream areas. PPL Montana's other nine hydroelectric plants also provide limited seasonal flood control and are generally operated as run of river dams.

Unusually high water conditions resulting from precipitation and thick snowpack — in some cases approaching 200 percent of average — have also created opportunities to generate more hydroelectricity. PPL Montana's hydroelectric plants have set generation records this year, PPL Montana said.

Read more news and features on renewable energy.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...