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 Chief Joseph 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)

Completed in 1942, Grand Coulee Dam is a 80-year-old gravity dam. It is located in Washington State, United States (North America).

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 Dworshak Dam from United States.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Hume Dam from Australia.


Bath County Pumped Storage Station.

Bath County Pumped Storage Station (Youtube/Dominion Energy)

Bath County Pumped Storage Station is a 37-year-old embankment dam (completed in 1985). It is located in Bath County, Virginia, United States (North America).

Bath County Pumped Storage Station is the 2nd largest hydroelectric dam in United States by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Bath County Pumped Storage Station is 3,003MW. The embankment dam 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 Darwin Dam from Australia.


Chief Joseph Dam.

Chief Joseph Dam (Youtube/Eph Robbins)

Chief Joseph Dam is a 43-year-old gravity dam (completed in 1979). It is located in Washington State, United States (North America).

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 Warragamba Dam from Australia.

 Compare Chief Joseph Dam with Xiangjiaba Dam from China.


Hoover Dam.

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

Completed in 1936, Hoover Dam is a 86-year-old arch-gravity dam. It is located in Black Canyon, Arizona, United States (North America).

The arch-gravity dam has an installed capacity of 2,080MW. Hoover Dam stands 221.40 meters tall and can impound up to 35.20 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 2.48 million m3.

 

 Compare Hoover Dam with Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam from Russia.


Glen Canyon Dam.

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

Completed in 1966, Glen Canyon Dam is a 56-year-old arch-gravity dam. It is located in Coconino County, Arizona, United States (North America).

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 Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam from Russia.

 Compare Glen Canyon Dam with Gariep Dam from South Africa.


Oroville Dam.

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

Oroville Dam is located in Oroville, California, United States (North America). The embankment dam was completed in 1968 (54 years old).

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

 

 Compare Oroville Dam with Garrison Dam from United States.

 Compare Oroville Dam with Talbingo Dam from Australia.


Oahe Dam.

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

Oahe Dam is an embankment dam located in Hughes/Stanley counties, South Dakota, United States (North America). It was completed in 1963 (59 years old).

The installed capacity of Oahe Dam is 786MW. The embankment 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 Bakun Dam from Malaysia.

 Compare Oahe Dam with Somerset Dam from Australia.


San Luis Dam.

San Luis Reservoir (credit: Youtube/Drone Film Production)

Located in Merced County, California, United States, San Luis Dam, also known as B.F. Sisk Dam, is an embankment dam. It was built in 1968 (54 years since completion).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 116 meters and impounds up to 2.14 billion m3 of water. San Luis Dam has a structural volume of 59.37 million m3 and an installed capacity of 424MW.

 

 Compare San Luis Dam with Tehri Dam from India.

 Compare San Luis Dam with Llyn Brianne Dam from United Kingdom.


Dworshak Dam.

EVH1971 Dworshak Dam Quadcopter flying (Youtube/Eric Hansen)

Completed in 1973, Dworshak Dam is a 49-year-old gravity dam. It is located in Clearwater County, Idaho, United States (North America).

The structural height of Dworshak Dam is 219 meters. The gravity dam can hold up to 4.28 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 400MW.

 

 Compare Dworshak Dam with Chief Joseph Dam from United States.

 Compare Dworshak Dam with Allatoona Dam from United States.


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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