Franklin P-2603

General information

Waterway  Little Tennessee River
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-2603
FERC project name Franklin
Permit issued 9/2/11
Permit expiration 8/27/41

Ownership and operation

Owner Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC
Owner type Investor-Owned Utility
Year first online (conventional hydro) 1925
Transmission or distribution system owner Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC

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 7,817.0 mWH

The Franklin Project is located in southwestern North Carolina on the Little Tennessee River, about 21 river miles upstream of Fontana Lake, which is administered by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The Franklin Project consists of: (1) a 463-foot-long, 36-foot-high concrete gravity dam, which includes, beginning at the left abutment (a) a 15-foot-long nonoverflow section, (b) a 54-foot-long uncontrolled spillway with two bays, (c) a 181.5- foot-long gated section with six Tainter gates, (d) a second 54-foot-long uncontrolled spillway with two bays, (e) a 25-foot-long non-overflow section, (f) a 63-foot-long intake section with six intake gates leading to a powerhouse integral with the dam, (g) a 70-footlong non-overflow section, and (2) a 174-acre reservoir (Lake Emory) at full pond elevation 2,000.22 feet mean sea level (msl). The powerhouse contains two turbine/generating units, the 520-kW generating unit No. 1 and the 520-kW generating unit No. 2, with a total installed capacity of 1.04 MW.

Source: FERC

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