South Fork San Miguel River Tributary
|Current status||Active |
|Type of facility||Conventional Hydro|
|Mode of hydropower generation||Peaking|
|Type of permit||FERC License|
|FERC docket #||P-400|
|FERC project name||Ames|
Ownership and operation
|Owner||Public Service Co of Colorado|
|Owner type||Investor-Owned Utility|
|Year first online (conventional hydro)||1906|
|Transmission or distribution system owner||Tri-State G & T Assn, Inc|
Power and generating capacity
|Number of units||1|
|Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant||3.6 mW|
|Average annual net hydropower generation||8,332.7 mWH|
This project is located on the Lake Fork and Howards Fork of the San Miguel River, in San Miguel County, about 6 miles south of Telluride, Colorado. The project currently occupies 99 acres of the Uncompahgre National Forest.
The Ames Hydroelectric Project is one of two developments currently licensed as the Tacoma-Ames Project. The other,Tacoma project (P-400), is located on the Cascade Creek about 20 miles north of Durango, CO. The Tacoma Project has a total generation capacity of 8 MW and the Ames project has a total generation capacity of 3.5MW.
Annual generation varies substantially depending on snow pack and runoff from snowmelt. For the period 1995 to 2004, which includes a relatively dry period year in 2002, the Ames Project had an average annual generation of 12,682 megawatt-hours (MWh).
Check out the project website at http://www.tacoma-ames.com/
|License Application Filed||06-26-2008|