Opal Springs Hydro P-5891
|Current status||Active |
|Type of facility||Conventional Hydro|
|Mode of hydropower generation||Run-of-river|
|Type of permit||FERC License|
|FERC docket #||P-5891|
|FERC project name||Opal Springs|
Ownership and operation
|Owner||Deschutes Valley Water District|
|Owner type||Publicly Owned Utility|
|Year first online (conventional hydro)||1985|
|Transmission or distribution system owner||PacifiCorp|
Power and generating capacity
|Number of units||1|
|Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant||4.3 mW|
|Average annual net hydropower generation||26,533.9 mWH|
The dam is operated by the Deschutes Valley Water District and is located 7 miles upstream from Lake Billy Chinook. This small hydropower facility was a barrier to fish passage on the Crooked River for 50 years, until fish passage was built in 2019. Visit the Crooked River Watershed Council and watch the videos below to learn more.
The License Order for P-5891 issued on Nov 2, 1982 can be found here.
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News and updates
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