Discusses the reliability of the Bureau of Reclamation's a the Corps of Engineers' hydropower plants in generating electricity compared with the reliability of nonfederal hydropower plants, the reasons why the Bureau's a the Corps' plants may be less reliable than nonfederal plants, a the potential implications of reduced reliability, a the actions taken to obtain funding to better maintain a repair the Bureau's a the Corps' plants. Since about the 1930s, the Bureau a the Corps have operated about 130 hydropower plants that supply about 5% of the nation's total electricity supply, with revenues in fiscal year 1997 of over $3 billion from the sale of electricity.For example, at the Corpsa#39; hydropower plant at The Dalles, Oregon, direct funding by Bonneville allowed the Corps to ... on 14 units36 that had exhibited many problems over the years but were kept in service through intensive maintenance. ... In February 1996, the rewinding of unit 7 was added to the agreement.
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