posted on Apr, 24 2008 @ 11:15 PM
Originally posted by Desert Dawg
Generation at Navajo Dam?
Navajo Dam generation: www.usbr.gov...
Shows that Navajo Dam is a reclamation project with no generation facilities installed.
Perhaps you're looking at transformers and have patrolled incoming lines that feed the dam on a customer level.
Just about any generation facility in the US is going to have ties to the grid somewhere along the line.
If they're in a position to generate more power than load connected, it's profitable to sell it to the grid.
If there's anything hydro generation operators - and companies - hate it's water that got over the dam without generating power.
Something I'm sure you're aware of since you're an expert on the Navajo Dam generators . . . or lack thereof....
Navajo Dam was completed in 1963. It was constructed in a manner that would allow the dam to be retrofitted with the penstocks necessary for the
installation of hydro-gen units. This retrofit option was offered solely to the Navajo tribe. The option was limited to 25 years. The Navajo Tribe was
prevented from exercizing that option because they never conducted a proper envioromental study. Their time ran out. After 25 years any entity could
apply for the option, and if they sucessfully recieved the permits, they could place hydro units at the dam. As you mentioned, electric companies hate
to see water falling and not being harvested for electrical power. FEUS watched that for 25 years and then quitely applied for the option when the 25
years was up. This happened in in the late 80's. The units were commisioned in early 1990.
Because the Navajo Dam generating units are part of the FEUS system they are technically tied with the grid, but there is no connection between FEUS
and NORA. Yes, they are both connected to the overall western states grid, but it is physically impossible for FEUS to wheel power directly East to
There are no distribution lines connected to Navajo dam (or as you put it "customer level" lines). It's a single 115 KV transmission line that
connects directly to the FEUS 115 Kv system "backbone". It's what is called a radial line. One, single high voltage line out, heading due west,
away from Dulce and into a ring bus located within the FEUS system.
I personally witnessed the construction of the Navajo Dam hydro-units and the construction of the switchyard at Navajo Dam. I know every electrical
line in the FEUS system, from 115Kv down to 13.8 Kv. The only lines east of Navajo Dam are low voltage, single phase lines providing service to the
oil industry for cathodic protection of tanks and natural gas lines. These are located on the very edge of Rio Arriba County. Everything East of there
is serviced by Jemez Electric (NORA is yet further east).
From my perspective, if there is any facilities in or around Dulce that are acquiring electricy in a clandistine manner, they certainly are not
getting that power from Navajo Dam as is widely reported.
[edit on 25-4-2008 by RKWWWW]