East Fork Tuckasegee River
|Current status||Active |
|Type of facility||Conventional Hydro|
|Mode of hydropower generation||Peaking|
|Type of permit||FERC License|
|FERC docket #||P-2698|
|FERC project name||East Fork|
Ownership and operation
|Owner||Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC|
|Owner type||Investor-Owned Utility|
|Year first online (conventional hydro)||1955|
|Transmission or distribution system owner||Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC|
Power and generating capacity
|Number of units||1|
|Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant||10.8 MW|
|Average annual net hydropower generation||32,182.1 MWH|
The East Fork Project is located on the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River in western North Carolina and lies within the Tuckasegee River watershed, which is a sub-basin of the Little Tennessee River. The Tuckasegee River flows through the cities of Cullowhee, Sylva, and Bryson before it joins the Little Tennessee River almost 50 miles from its headwaters. The East Fork Project consists of three hydroelectric developments which are, from upstream to downstream, Tennessee Creek, Bear Creek, and Cedar Cliff. The Tennessee Creek development includes the Tanasee Creek dam, located on the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River near river mile (RM) 61.0 and Wolf Creek dam located on Wolf Creek, a tributary to the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River. The Bear Creek development includes Bear Creek dam located on the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River near RM 54.5. The Cedar Creek development includes Cedar Cliff dam located on the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River near RM 52.1.
There are no known water consumption withdrawals within the East Fork Project area; however, the Tuckasegee Water and Sewer Authority withdraws an average 0.8 million gallons per day from the Tuckasegee River at Cullowhee, North Carolina, about 8 miles downstream of the East Fork Project.
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