In recognition of National Hydropower Day …

Aug 24, 2021

Other benefits of hydropower … An aerial view of GRDA’s W.R. Holway Reservoir. Along with being the reservoir for the Salina Pumped Storage Project, it also serves as an important water supply and as a recreation destination. These are just a couple of the other benefits of hydropower.

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

The Grand River Dam Authority is proud to join with the National Hydropower Association in recognizing August 24 as “National Hydropower Day” across the country. Of course, GRDA has been in the business of producing renewable, hydroelectric power for over 80 years now.

It all began in 1940 when Pensacola Dam – Oklahoma’s first hydroelectric facility – first harnessed the waters of the Grand River to produce electricity. Since then, GRDA has also added Robert S. Kerr Dam (1964) and the Salina Pumped Storage Project (1968) to its hydroelectric portfolio. Working together with other GRDA generation assets, these facilities help to keep rates low and reliability high.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), hydroelectric facilities, like GRDA’s, “fit the concept of renewable energy” because these facilities use “running water, without reducing its quantity, to produce electricity.”  At GRDA, that water is used repeatedly as it flows down the Grand River, through Pensacola Dam and Kerr Dam, and also as it is pumped up and stored at the SPSP.

There are other benefits to producing electricity with the power of falling water. Here are just a few:

These are just a few of the reasons why the GRDA’s hydroelectric story is really a “power for progress” story for Oklahoma. At GRDA, we are proud of our hydro history and the role our employees continue to play to keep the power flowing to our Oklahoma neighbors.