Opal Springs Hydro P-5891

General information

Waterway  Crooked 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-5891
FERC project name Opal Springs
Permit issued 10/28/82
Permit expiration 10/27/32

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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