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Hydropower NATIONAL LEVEL Report

Hydropower 2017
US Army Corps of Engineers — Value to the Nation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the largest owner/operator of hydroelectric power plants in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. Following are facts related to the USACE role managing hydropower in the United States.

HYDROPOWER ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Economic Data

Number of Units: 353 

Total Capacity:  21,611 MW

NED Benefit Estimate: $2,571,969,640

Power Produced (MWh): 72,186,361 MWh

Benefits in Perspective

USACE is the largest owner and operator of hydroelectric power plants in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. The 75 USACE plants have a total installed capacity of approximately 23,900 megawatts, with approximately 60 percent located in the Pacific Northwest. This capability generates about 25 percent of the nation's hydroelectric power and represents approximately 3 percent of the nation's total electric-generating capacity.

The primary National Economic Development (NED) benefit of USACE hydropower efforts is the willingness to pay for hydropower output from USACE projects. For existing USACE hydropower capital stock, an estimate of replacement in kind is the most likely and most economical alternative. Accordingly, the replacement value of energy produced by USACE hydropower facilities is used as proxy for the willingness to pay for hydropower output from USACE projects. Energy replacement values illustrate the cost of energy from alternative generating resources used to replace lost hydropower generation from outages.

How these numbers were calculated.

Source: Value to the Nation web site at https://fastfacts.corpsresults.us.
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