by Shannon Cay
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The extremely cold weather this season is fueling demand for hydroelectricity at our White River dams.
Officials say this power demand and the lack of significant rainfall will result in a continual lowering of the lake levels in coming days and possibly weeks.
As a result, the Corps is advising boat dock owners to keep an eye on their docks and move them as needed to prevent them from grounding as the lakes recede.
Hydropower is a major mission of the Army Corps of Engineers, the largest operator of hydropower plants in the United States.
According to a release from the Corps’ Little Rock office, the district operates seven hydropower plants, in Arkansas and Missouri, producing enough energy to serve 1.4 million households annually returning nearly $94.3 million to the U.S. Treasury from the sale of electricity marketed by the Southwestern Power Administration.
Hydropower, a clean renewable reliable efficient energy source, which does not produce greenhouse gasses, provides electricity at the flip of a switch during peak energy use times.