Largest Dams in North America by Installed Capacity
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Grand Coulee Dam of United States is the largest dam by installed capacity in North America, built with a capacty of 6,809 MW. At second and third, are Robert-Bourassa generating station with a capacity of 5,616 MW and Churchill Falls Generating Station at 5,428 MW.The installed capacities of major dams in North America range from 85 MW to 6,809 MW, with the average dam installed with a capacity of 1,869.2 MW.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Daniel-Johnson Dam


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Here are the largest dams by installed capacity in North America.

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 Allatoona Dam from United States.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Burrinjuck Dam from Australia.


Robert-Bourassa Generating Station.

Welcome to Robert-Bourassa generating facility in Baie-James (Youtube/Hydro - Québec)

Robert-Bourassa generating station, also known as La Grande-2, is an embankment dam located in Baie-James, Quebec, Canada (North America). It was completed in 1981 (41 years old).

Robert-Bourassa Generating Station is the 2nd largest hydroelectric embankment dam in the world by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Robert-Bourassa generating station is 5,616MW. The embankment dam stands 162 meters tall and can impound up to 61.70 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with Xingó Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with W. A. C. Bennett Dam from Canada.


Churchill Falls Generating Station.

Churchill Falls Generating Station (Youtube/VOCMNEWS)

Churchill Falls Generating Station is a dike system located in Labrador, Canada (North America). It was completed in 1974 (48 years old).

Churchill Falls Generating Station is the largest hydroelectric dike system in the world by installed capacity. The structural height of Churchill Falls Generating Station is 64 meters while its structural volume of 2.20 million m3. The dike system can hold up to 32.64 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 5,428MW.

 

 Compare Churchill Falls Generating Station with Houtribdijk from Netherlands.

 Compare Churchill Falls Generating Station with La Grande-4 from Canada.


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 structural height of Bath County Pumped Storage Station is 41 meters while its structural volume of 3.10 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 0.03 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 3,003MW.

 

 Compare Bath County Pumped Storage Station with Campos Novos Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Bath County Pumped Storage Station with Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station from Russia.


W. A. C. Bennett Dam.

Tour of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam (credit: Youtube/Shaw TV Northern BC)

W. A. C. Bennett Dam is a 54-year-old embankment dam (completed in 1968). It is located in Hudson's Hope, British Columbia, Canada (North America).

The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 2,876MW. W. A. C. Bennett Dam stands 186 meters tall and can impound up to 7.40 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 43.70 million m3.

 

 Compare W. A. C. Bennett Dam with Fort Peck Dam from United States.

 Compare W. A. C. Bennett Dam with La Esmeralda Dam from Colombia.


Mica Dam.

BC Hydro Mica Dam Test Spill 26 July 2012 base of dam (Youtube/TOC Vernon)

Mica Dam is an embankment dam located in Mica Creek, British Columbia, Canada (North America). It was completed in 1973 (49 years old).

Mica Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in North America. The embankment dam stands at a height of 240 meters and impounds up to 24.76 billion m3 of water. Mica Dam has an installed capacity of 2,805MW.

 

 Compare Mica Dam with Changheba Dam from China.

 Compare Mica Dam with Llyn Brianne Dam from United Kingdom.


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 stands at a height of 72 meters and impounds up to 0.64 billion m3 of water. Chief Joseph Dam has an installed capacity of 2,620MW.

 

 Compare Chief Joseph Dam with Grand Coulee Dam from United States.

 Compare Chief Joseph Dam with Three Gorges Dam from China.


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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