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Hydro Review inducts three hydropower plants into Hydro Hall of Fame

The Horseshoe, Shawinigan-2 and Borel hydropower plants are the 2011 inductees into Hydro Review’s Hydro Hall of Fame.

Marla Barnes, chief editor and publisher of Hydro Review, presented these awards to representatives of the three facilities at the closing luncheon of the HydroVision International 2011 event, which was held July 19-22 in Sacramento, Calif.

The 14-MW Horseshoe plant, located on the Bow River in the province of Alberta, Canada, is owned by TransAlta Corp. Horseshoe was the company's first power plant and had the largest capacity in Alberta when it began operating in 1911. By 1959, Horseshoe was one of 11 hydro plants in the Bow River watershed. Today, all four units at the run-of-river Horseshoe facility are capable of generating at full capacity.

Hydro-Quebec's 200-MW Shawinigan-2 plant also began operating in 1911, on the Saint-Maurice River in Quebec, Canada. The powerhouse contains both vertical and horizontal generators and provided power that attracted several important industries to the region, including pulp and paper and aluminum. In 1993, the utility refurbished and upgraded major components, including the spillway, intakes, penstocks, turbines, generators and more. Shawinigan-2 is the oldest powerhouse in Quebec still in operation.

The 12-MW Borel facility, the oldest of this year's inductees, began operating in 1904. Owned by Southern California Edison, the plant on the Kern River in California featured a 45,000-kV transmission line that ran 83 miles to the city of Los Angeles. Borel underwent significant work in the mid-1950s when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Isabella Dam and flooded Kern Valley, including rebuilding the diversion structure and canal and building an auxiliary dam and intake for the powerhouse.

The Hydro Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary hydro achievement throughout North America, with a special emphasis on long-lasting facilities. Since 1995, 30 plants in the U.S. and Canada that have been operating continuously for 100 years or more have been presented with this designation. Together, this prestigious group demonstrates the long-lasting and significant contributions of hydroelectric plants, including clean renewable power, emission-free generation and reliability.

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