Largest Dams in United States (USA) by Installed Capacity
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  Overview

The largest dam in United States by installed capacity is Grand Coulee Dam with a capacity of 6,809 MW. The second largest dam by installed capacity is Bath County Pumped Storage Station with 3,003 MW, while the third largest is 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 being 1,476.2 MW.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with San Luis 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 gravity dam has an installed capacity of 6,809MW. Grand Coulee 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 Gezhouba Dam from China.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Guangzhao Dam from China.


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 stands at a height of 41 meters and impounds up to 0.03 billion m3 of water. Bath County Pumped Storage Station has a structural volume of 3.10 million m3 and an installed capacity of 3,003MW.

 

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

 Compare Bath County Pumped Storage Station with Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant from Iceland.


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 Burdekin Dam from Australia.

 Compare Chief Joseph Dam with Three Gorges Dam from China.


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 Glen Canyon Dam from United States.

 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 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)

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

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 Shuibuya Dam from China.

 Compare Oroville Dam with Altınkaya Dam from Turkey.


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 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 Robert-Bourassa Generating Station from Canada.

 Compare Oahe Dam with Xingó Dam from Brazil.


San Luis Dam.

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

Completed in 1968, San Luis Dam is a 54-year-old embankment dam. It is also known as B.F. Sisk Dam and is located in Merced County, California, United States (North America).

The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 424MW. San Luis Dam stands 116 meters tall and can impound up to 2.14 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 59.37 million m3.

 

 Compare San Luis Dam with Campos Novos Dam from Brazil.

 Compare San Luis Dam with Burrendong Dam from Australia.


Dworshak Dam.

EVH1971 Dworshak Dam Quadcopter flying (Youtube/Eric Hansen)

Dworshak Dam is a gravity dam located in Clearwater County, Idaho, United States (North America). It was completed in 1973 (49 years old).

The installed capacity of Dworshak Dam is 400MW. The gravity dam stands 219 meters tall and can impound up to 4.28 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Dworshak Dam with Guri Dam from Venezuela.

 Compare Dworshak Dam with Grand Coulee 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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