Photo of Dale Hollow Dam, with a dam with water pouring through the turbines, people in lower left looking up at it.


Hydropower Program

Published Jan. 16, 2024
Updated: Jan. 16, 2024

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Hydropower Program is the largest generator of hydropower in the US, with 75 power-producing dams housing 356 individual generating units.  USACE’s hydropower assets generate more than 70 billion kilowatt hours per year of clean renewable energy.  This clean energy is enough to power 10 cities the size of Seattle.  Additionally, the revenue generated by the USACE hydropower fleet is used to repay the original construction costs of the hydropower projects and to fund the operation, maintenance and modernization investments of the hydropower fleet.

Photo of Dale Hollow Dam, with a dam with water pouring through the turbines, people in lower left looking up at it.
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Did you know?

  • USACE Hydropower is the largest renewable energy producer in the US
  • 1 out of every 4 Megawatts of hydropower in the US is generated by our plants
  • USACE Hydropower is the 5th largest electric supplier in the US
  • USACE hydroelectric plants save 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions per year
  • Our technicians work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and minute-by-minute to monitor energy production

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