Bryson P-2601

General information

Waterway  Oconaluftee River
Current status   Active 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Run-of-river
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-2601
FERC project name Bryson
Permit issued 7/17/11
Permit expiration 6/26/41

Ownership and operation

Owner Nantahala Power & Light Co
Owner type Investor-Owned Utility
Year first online (conventional hydro) 1925

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 2
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 1.0 mW
Average annual net hydropower generation 2,189.0 mWH

The Bryson Project, also known as the Ela Dam, is located in western North Carolina on the Oconaluftee River, about 0.56 mile upstream of the confluence with the Tuckasegee River and 19 miles upstream of Fontana Lake.

Just upstream of the project, the Oconaluftee River flows through the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Reservation (Qualla Boundary).

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