We’ve produced results on nearly 500 projects and more than 50,000 megawatts in hydropower design. A track record like that can only be achieved by meeting the toughest budgets under the tightest schedules. That formula helps us meet the goal we share with all clients – maximum return on their infrastructure investment.
We’re committed to finding clean, green power alternatives. Our expertise ranges from studies and valuations to optimizing existing operations. We handle engineering and construction services for small hydropower facilities up to conventional, large hydropower plants. In addition, we perform all of the engineering, environmental and regulatory services required for relicensing hydropower facilities.
We offer a comprehensive suite of services that align with the life cycle of a project. Our single-source solutions allow our clients to focus on their businesses and simplify an otherwise complex issue. Our services include permitting and licensing, conceptual through detailed design, and program and construction management. We also provide asset management as well as startup and commissioning services.
Hydropower and hydraulic structures are among our core specialties, as Black & Veatch is a global leader in both energy and water facilities. In addition to entering strategic alliances with hydropower producers across the United States, we offer comprehensive capabilities in the following key service areas:
- Pumped Storage Hydropower
- Modular Hydropower System
- Power Generation
- Plant Automation, Controls and Telecommunications
- Hydrology and Hydraulics
- Fisheries Engineering
- Gates and Penstocks
- Dams, Tunnels and Geotechnical
- FERC Hydropower Licensing Project
- Hydropower Facility License Planning
Pumped Storage and Large Pumping Facilities
Black & Veatch has provided global pumped storage-related hydroelectric engineering services for more than 25 years. With our leadership in the development of renewable energy projects, we are uniquely positioned and qualified to support the integration of pumped storage in a client’s overall power portfolio. We bring significant experience in:
- Understanding today’s pump turbine equipment market and procurement approach
- Transient analysis of the water conductor systems and hydraulic design of inlet/outlet structures
- Geotechnical and dam engineering for the powerhouse and upper and lower reservoirs
- Tunnel and underground structure engineering
- Powerhouse design using 3D CADD to optimize space utilization in the powerhouse
- Grid integration and interconnection
Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro Project
Renewable energy sources are key to fueling our power grid. However, renewable sources such as solar and wind can be variable, and keeping the power supply in balance with demand is pivotal to keeping the electric grid stable and reliable.
With Absaroka Energy LLC in Montana, Black & Veatch is helping to plan a pumped storage scheme that will store and deliver renewable energy while balancing out the ebbs and flows of supply and demand. It’s a closed loop system that works like a rechargeable water battery, and its benefits can be significant.
Deploying Large-Scale Energy Storage in California’s Renewable Energy Portfolio
California is a world leader in renewable energy. The state already sources nearly one-third of its power from renewables, mainly solar and wind. With recent legislation in place, renewable energy will increase to 60 percent or more by 2030. In tandem with renewable energy goals, the state is striving for 100 percent clean energy by 2045 to fight global warming.
The central purpose of this paper is to articulate the opportunities and challenges for large-scale energy storage in the evolving California grid. In particular, this paper examines the need for a decisive push to deploy pumped energy storage. The lead times for such projects are long. Having projects operationally starting in the mid 2020s requires clearer policy and market signals today.
Twin Falls Powerhouse Redevelopment
Iron Mountain, Michigan
There were two primary issues at Twin Falls dam: inadequate spillway capacity and an aging powerhouse. Both created safety issues. The powerhouse, built in 1912, was not in condition to operate safely for the duration of the license. Black & Veatch solved both challenges by providing design and project management for the new powerhouse and spillways.
Arlington Outlet Hydropower Project
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
Tarrant Regional Water District’s infrastructure provided a potential source for significant hydropower. Arlington Outlet is a case in point. The outlet is located on three parallel gravity pipelines between a balancing reservoir and a water treatment plant. With a design capacity of 200 million gallons per day, it is used as a discharge point to supply Lake Arlington.
Lower Baker Unit 4 Powerhouse
A new 50-year operating license issued in 2008 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Baker River Project called for flow releases from the Lower Baker Dam to improve movement of migratory fish. To help optimize the use of the Baker River water resource for power generation while accommodating the flow release requirement, Black & Veatch designed a new powerhouse and other hydropower components.
Lewis River Fish Passage Systems
Clean hydroelectric energy is a key part of many renewable energy portfolios in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Anadromous fish runs in the very rivers that produce hydroelectric energy are a defining characteristic of the unique environment of the region. Two Black & Veatch projects on the Lewis River in southwest Washington are helping to preserve both hydropower capacity and the natural environment.
HydroVision TV Interview
with B&V’s Carlos Araoz
In this HydroVision TV video, Carlos Araoz, Black & Veatch Vice President, discusses the diverse makeup of Black & Veatch’s Hydropower & Hydraulic Structures team, its areas of focus and the value it brings to clients worldwide.
Hydro Generator Expertise
Black & Veatch has assembled a staff with decades of experience and expertise in the fundamental design and care of hydroelectric generators.
Small & Micro Hydropower
Our small hydro solutions can help you achieve higher operating efficiencies, meet your sustainability objectives, and maintain reliability.
Dams, Levees and Reservoirs
Whether it’s for drinking, irrigation, flood control, recreation or hydropower, water is always the most important component.
Hydropower & Hydraulic Structures
Black & Veatch is a global leader in both energy and water facilities, and our clients look to us for hydropower solutions.
Hydropower Asset Management
We focus on key tenets of effective asset management programs and assist hydropower organizations with solutions to their diverse needs.
Pumped Storage Hydropower
Pumped storage hydropower implemented by Black & Veatch is a safe, efficient, long-life, and proven solution that facilitates the shift to renewables.
Modular Hydropower System
The hydropower-in-a-box solution features a modular design, a unique foundation approach and readily available turbine generator technology.
FERC Hydropower Licensing Project
Black & Veatch’s FERC hydropower project licensing team provides the regulatory, environmental and engineering expertise.
Licensing Strategy Assessment
Black & Veatch’s LSA process is a planning tool that has proven to be highly effective in organizing a successful FERC relicensing effort.