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North Dakota Energy Spotlight – Hydroelectric Generation

hydropower plant• The primary producer of hydroelectric power in North Dakota is the Garrison Dam.

• The Garrison Dam produces, on average, 2.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. In 2011, due to additional water release from flooding of the Missouri River, the dam’s generators produced 2.6 billion kilowatt-hours.

• Garrison Dam has five hydroelectric power turbines with a total rated capacity of 583 megawatts.

• Electric power generated from the Garrison Dam is marketed by the Western Area Power Administration.

• Completed in 1954, Garrison Dam is the fifth largest earthen dam in the United States. The dam is 2.5 miles long. It cost about $300 million to build the dam.

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You may be interested in:
Bismarck Tribune editorial on 2011 Garrison Dam hydroelectric power surge
US Army Corps of Engineers Garrison Dam brochure

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