These funds are a part of the DOE’s Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives and were awarded to 46 facilities across the country as part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda. Through the incentives, payments are provided to owners and operators of the hydroelectric facilities, including pumped storage hydropower to make capital improvements increase by at least 3%.
The funds will be used to replace one of the four turbine-generator units at the Byllesby facility. Replacing the unit allows Appalachian Power to generate more electricity using the same volume of water, increasing the efficiency of the new unit.
“It’s rewarding we were able to accomplish our goal,” said Ed Brennan, the Hydro Environmental Coordinator. “This was a collaborative effort that took a lot of work between many different groups to make this happen. We’re pleased we were able to acquire these funds to help Byllesby run more efficiently, while helping to keep cost down for our customers.”
The unit’s replacement work is currently in the site preparation and equipment manufacturing stage. Appalachian Power expects this project to be finished by the end of 2025.