McGee Creek P-8492

General information

Waterway  McGee Creek
 Muddy Boggy Creek
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Type of permit FERC License
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FERC information

FERC docket # P-8492
FERC project name McGee Creek Dam
Permit issued 6/18/86
Permit expiration 5/27/36

Ownership and operation

Owner McGee Creek Authority
Owner type Publicly Owned Utility
Year first online (conventional hydro) 1992

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 1
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 0.1 MW
Average annual net hydropower generation 730.0 MWH

FERC approved license surrender for this project in Nov. 2022.

  • Small, 85 kW project that operated at required minimum flow.
  • Out of operation since 2015, when the wicket gates became stuck in the closed position.
  • Uneconomical: it would take 17 years to recoup the cost of fixing the project, with a 20-yr guarantee on the new generator.
  • 161 ft-high dam will be left in place per the surrender order.
  • High hazard dam.
  • Dam owned by the Bureau of Reclamation.


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