Tacoma-Ames : P-400

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Waterway: Animas R

Authorized capacity: 3.5 mW

License issued: 5/19/2010
License expires: 6/30/2050

Licensee: Public Service Co Of Colorado

This project is located on the Lake Fork and Howards Fork of the San Miguel River, in San Miguel County, about 6 miles south of Telluride, Colorado.  The project currently occupies 99 acres of the Uncompahgre National Forest.

The Ames Hydroelectric Project is one of two developments currently licensed as the Tacoma-Ames Project. The other,Tacoma project (P-400), is located on the Cascade Creek about 20 miles north of Durango, CO. The Tacoma Project has a total generation capacity of 8 MW and the Ames project has a total generation capacity of 3.5MW.

Annual generation varies substantially depending on snow pack and runoff from snowmelt.  For the period 1995 to 2004, which includes a relatively dry period year in 2002, the Ames Project had an average annual generation of 12,682 megawatt-hours (MWh).

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License Application Filed 06-26-2008
DEA Released 05-01-2009
FEA Released 10-22-2009