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Cowans Ford Hydro Station

  • Capacity: 350 megawatts
  • Location: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Commercial Date: 1963

Cowans Ford Hydro Station

Cowans Ford Hydro Station is located in Huntersville, N.C., approximately 20 miles north of Charlotte on Lake Norman. It is the largest conventional hydro station owned by Duke Energy.

Three units began generating electricity in 1963, with a fourth unit beginning operation in 1967.

Cowans Ford Dam created Lake Norman, the largest man-made body of fresh water in North Carolina. The lake provides a dependable supply of water to Lincoln County and the communities of Davidson, Mooresville, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Huntersville.

Although a small percentage of Duke Energy’s electricity is generated using hydroelectric stations, these plants are an important energy resource. They supply “peaking power”—extra electricity needed to meet demand when it is needed most—typically hot summer days and cold winter mornings. Duke Energy’s hydro plants can be started to begin generating electricity in a matter of minutes.