Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project Description
Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke Energy) owns and operates the Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project (Project), located on the Keowee and Little Rivers in the Savannah River Basin. The Project was developed by Duke Power, now Duke Energy, to generate electricity. The Project consists of two hydroelectric developments: Keowee Hydro Facility with Lake Keowee and Jocassee Pumped Storage Facility with Lake Jocassee. The Project provides 868 megawatts (MW) of clean, economical power.
Duke Energy operates the Project in accordance with a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 1966. In addition to its role in providing electricity for the region, the Project reservoirs also provide numerous recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors, a reliable supply of cooling water for Oconee Nuclear Station, public water supplies, and significant wildlife habitat. The current FERC operating license for the Project expires in 2016.
The Project is located in the region commonly referred to as the Piedmont Foothills. Water released from the Project at Keowee Hydro flows into Lake Hartwell, a hydroelectric reservoir operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean at Savannah Harbor.