Abiquiu Dam P-7396

General information

Waterway  Rio Chama
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Run-of-river
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-7396
FERC project name Abiquiu
Permit issued 4/11/86
Permit expiration 3/27/36

Ownership and operation

Owner Los Alamos County
Owner type Publicly Owned Utility
Year first online (conventional hydro) 1989
Transmission or distribution system owner Jemez Mountains Elec Coop, Inc

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 3
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 15.6 MW
Average annual net hydropower generation 32,087.2 MWH

The project is located in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. The hydroelectric facilities were constructed in 1990 utilizing an existing outlet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Abiquiu Dam and Reservoir on the Rio Chama river, a tributary of the Rio Grande.

The project consists of a powerhouse containiing two units at 5.5 MW. FERC approved the addition of another 3MW unit in February 2006 through a license amendment.



License Amended to Increase Capacity 02-17-2006
License Issued 04-16-1986

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