Largest Dams in United States (USA) by Installed Capacity

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Dataset contains 15 data items (see table below).

Overview

Grand Coulee Dam is the largest dam by installed capacity in United States, built with a capacty of 6,809 MW. At second and third, are Bath County Pumped Storage Station with a capacity of 3,003 MW and Chief Joseph Dam at 2,620 MW.The installed capacities of major dams in United States range from 85 MW to 6,809 MW, with the average dam installed with a capacity of 1,476.2 MW.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Glen Canyon Dam

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Here are the largest dams by installed capacity in United States.

Grand Coulee Dam.

Grand Coulee Dam (Youtube/Drones in the Wild)

Grand Coulee Dam is located in Washington State, United States (North America). The gravity dam was completed in 1942 (80 years old).

Grand Coulee Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in North America by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Grand Coulee Dam is 6,809MW. The gravity dam stands 168 meters tall and can impound up to 12 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 9.16 million m3.

 

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Toktogul Dam from Kyrgyzstan.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Bhakra Dam from India.


Bath County Pumped Storage Station.

Bath County Pumped Storage Station (Youtube/Dominion Energy)

Located in Bath County, Virginia, United States, Bath County Pumped Storage Station is an embankment dam. It was built in 1985 (37 years since completion).

Bath County Pumped Storage Station is the 2nd largest hydroelectric dam in United States by installed capacity. The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 3,003MW. Bath County Pumped Storage Station stands 41 meters tall and can impound up to 0.03 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 3.10 million m3.

 

 Compare Bath County Pumped Storage Station with Mangla Dam from Pakistan.

 Compare Bath County Pumped Storage Station with Tehri Dam from India.


Chief Joseph Dam.

Chief Joseph Dam (Youtube/Eph Robbins)

Chief Joseph Dam is located in Washington State, United States (North America). The gravity dam was completed in 1979 (43 years old).

Chief Joseph Dam is the 3rd largest hydroelectric dam in United States by installed capacity. The gravity dam has an installed capacity of 2,620MW. Chief Joseph Dam stands 72 meters tall and can impound up to 0.64 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Chief Joseph Dam with Guanyinyan Dam from China.

 Compare Chief Joseph Dam with Bhakra Dam from India.


Hoover Dam.

Hoover Dam Aerial & Ground Tour Information (Youtube/ TampaAerialMedia)

Located in Black Canyon, Arizona, United States, Hoover Dam is an arch-gravity dam. It was built in 1936 (86 years since completion).

The arch-gravity dam stands at a height of 221.40 meters and impounds up to 35.20 billion m3 of water. Hoover Dam has a structural volume of 2.48 million m3 and an installed capacity of 2,080MW.

 

 Compare Hoover Dam with Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam from Russia.

 Compare Hoover Dam with Berke Dam from Turkey.


Glen Canyon Dam.

Glen Canyon Dam -- Aerial Survey (Youtube/ Francha Cavitt)

Glen Canyon Dam is an arch-gravity dam located in Coconino County, Arizona, United States (North America). It was completed in 1966 (56 years old).

Glen Canyon Dam is the 2nd largest arch-gravity dam in the world by reservoir volume. The arch-gravity dam stands at a height of 220 meters and impounds up to 33 billion m3 of water. Glen Canyon Dam has an installed capacity of 1,320MW.

 

 Compare Glen Canyon Dam with Hoover Dam from United States.

 Compare Glen Canyon Dam with Berke Dam from Turkey.


Oroville Dam.

Oroville Dam Aerial Video - Feb 16 2017 (credit: Youtube/Cal OES)

Completed in 1968, Oroville Dam is a 54-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Oroville, California, United States (North America).

Oroville Dam is the 3rd tallest dam in North America. The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 819MW. Oroville Dam stands 230 meters tall and can impound up to 4.36 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 59.60 million m3.

 

 Compare Oroville Dam with Cochiti Dam from United States.

 Compare Oroville Dam with W. A. C. Bennett Dam from Canada.


Oahe Dam.

Diving the Oahe Dam in Pierre, SD (credit: Youtube/The Mitch)

Located in Hughes/Stanley counties, South Dakota, United States, Oahe Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 1963 (59 years since completion).

The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 786MW. Oahe Dam stands 75 meters tall and can impound up to 29 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 70.30 million m3.

 

 Compare Oahe Dam with Atatürk Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Oahe Dam with Wyangala Dam from Australia.


Dams Lists

Largest Dams by Installed Capacity (MW): world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Tallest Dams: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Structural Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Reservoir Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Largest/tallest Dams by Type: Arch Dams | Embankment Dams | Gravity Dams | Arch-Gravity Dams | Buttress Dams

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