Hydropower represents an important source of renewable energy generation in Mississippi, where wind and solar resources are not plentiful. These projects will be located on four lakes in the Yazoo River basin which have flood control dams owned and operated by the Vicksburg District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The pattern of flow releases from these lakes by the USACE results in peak generation for these projects in July and August, providing a valuable addition to the state’s generation stack in those months.
|Project||River||FERC No.||Expected COD||Design Capacity||Annual Generation||Dam Owner|
|Arkabutla Lake||Coldwater||P-13704||Q3 2018||5.1 MW||19.0 GWh||USACE|
|Enid Lake||Yacona||P-13703||Q3 2018||4.6 MW||17.5 GWh||USACE|
|Grenada Lake||Yalobusha||P-13702||Q3 2018||9.0 MW||30.7 GWh||USACE|
|Sardis Lake||Little Tallahatchie||P-13701||Q3 2018||14.6 MW||52.2 GWh||USACE|
These four projects will produce over 119 gigawatt hours annually of low-cost, domestic energy that is safe, reliable, and emissions-free.
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Investment in these projects will provide hundreds of local jobs through construction, operation and maintenance.
The lifetime of these projects is expected to exceed 80 years, contributing to the local economy for several generations.