US Army Corps of Engineers
South Atlantic Division

Hydropower

Hydropower

In the Southeast, hydroelectric power comprises about five percent of available electricity, and is used primarily as "peaking power" to augment more traditional sources such as coal and nuclear plants. At 14 of its projects around the region, the South Atlantic Division maintains 56 main turbine units which provide 5 billion kilowatt hours annually.

Two of these dams, at Carters and Russell projects,  have pumpback capability which allows water used in generation to be returned to the upper reservoir for re-use. Hydropower production works cooperatively with other project purposes such as water supply and navigation when releases are made from the dams.