Inside AMP’s New
Run-of-River Hydropower Plants
JENNIFER RUNYON, VIDEO COURTESY MWH GLOBAL
It is not that often that the U.S. celebrates new hydropower facilities
but 2016 should mark the commissioning of four new run-of-
river plants by AMP. Learn more in the video feature below.
According to the National Hydropower Association, one of the best power sources to tap in
the United States are non-powered dams. Because they are already built, there is little to no
disturbance to the environment when adding hydropower technology. It is estimated that
only 3 percent of dams in the country are equipped to produce hydropower today and if all of
the existing dams were ftted with hydropower technology the total hydropower generation
capacity would increase by 12. 1 GW.
In Ohio, American Municipal Power (AMP), a nonproft energy provider, worked with MWH
Global to design run-of-river hydropower facilities adjacent to four existing dams along the
Ohio River, adding more than 300 MW of clean electricity generation capacity.
The AMP projects, which include Willow Island, Cannelton, Meldahl and Smithland, make
up three-quarters of the hydropower projects currently under construction in the U.S. Check
out the video to learn more about this exciting technology. à
was the first of AMP’s
hydro projects currently
under construction to
break ground, in 2009.
The 88-MW Cannelton
plant is located on
the Ohio River near
Credit: MWH Global.
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