East Fork P-2698

General information

Waterway  East Fork Tuckasegee River
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Peaking
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-2698
FERC project name East Fork
Other projects with this FERC number
Permit issued 4/29/11
Permit expiration 4/26/41

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.

Source: FERC

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