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Ames, Kananaskis, and Keokuk hydropower projects join Hydro Hall of Fame

Three additional plants were added to the Hydro Hall of Fame at this year’s HydroVision International closing awards luncheon and finale in Denver, Colo.

The Hydro Hall of Fame is a collection of 36 plants that have been in continuous operation for 100 years or more. These testaments to hydropower’s durability and long life have been chosen as inductees by the editors of Hydro Review every year since 1995, based on their age, performance history, and unique characteristics.

The Ames, Kananaskis, and Keokuk hydropower plants were inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame class with representatives from each plant owner in attendance to accept the award and make a few remarks on the achievement.

The Ames hydro genating station near Ophir, Colorado was constructed in 1891 and the current powerhouse was built in 1906. It has been in continuous operation ever since. Ames Hydro played an important role in the history of electricity. The plant marked the first use of alternating current (AC) power, generated, transmitted, sold, and distributed for commercial purposes in the world. Owned by Xcel Energy, the plant has a single generating unit with two turbines with a combined generating capacity of 3.75 MW.

The Kananaskis hydropower facility has been in continuous operation since May 1913. It originally had a capacity of 9 MW split between two vertical Francis units, thought it was expanded in 1951 and 1994 to have a current capacity of 19 MW. The average annual generation for the run of river plant is 93, 034 MWh. Owned by TransAlta, the facility is located just below the confluence of the Kananaskis and Bow Rivers in Alberta, Canada.

Keokuk hydroelectric plant is located in Keokuk Iowa and celebrate its centennial this year. After only two-and-a-half years of construction completed in 1913, Keokuk was built to harness the hydroelectric power of the Mississippi River. At the time, it was a first for the hydro industry in many ways. When completed, it was the largest hydropower project in the world, with a total capacity of 125 MW, it was connected to the longest monolithic concrete dam at the time, was the largest privately financed construction project, had the largest turbine ever built and more.

For more information on these plants, check out the Hydro Video Library here.

To nominate your 100-year old plant for inclusion in the Hydro Hall of Fame, e-mail associate editor Bethany Duarte.

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