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Niagara Power Project
The United States and Canada have shared the Niagara River’s water power—along with a commitment to preserve the beauty of the Falls—for nearly half a century. And our Niagara Power Project will continue to produce steady supplies of clean, carbon-free hydroelectricity for another 50 years with a new federal license which took effect September 1, 2007.
When the Niagara project produced its first power in 1961, it was the largest hydropower facility in the Western world at the time. Today, Niagara is the biggest electricity producer in New York State, generating 2.4 million kilowatts—enough power to light 24 million 100-watt bulbs at once! This low-cost electricity saves the state’s residents and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
In 2006, the Power Authority completed a $300-million upgrade and modernization at the project’s Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant. All 13 turbines have been replaced and other improvements were made to generating equipment in the power dam, enabling the project to operate at maximum efficiency well into the 21st century. In 2012, we will begin a $460 million upgrade to the project’s Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant (read more).
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
The Niagara project, located about 4 1/2 miles downstream from the Falls, consists of two main facilities: the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, with 13 turbines, and the Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant, with 12 pump-turbines. In between the two plants is a forebay capable of holding about 740 million gallons of water; behind the Lewiston plant, a 1,900-acre reservoir holds additional supplies of this liquid fuel.
Put very simply, we divert water from the Niagara River—up to 375,000 gallons a second—and convey it through conduits under the City of Niagara Falls to Lewiston. From there, water flowing through the Robert Moses plant spins turbines that power generators, converting this mechanical energy into electrical energy.
At night, when electricity demand is low, the Lewiston units operate as pumps, transporting water from the forebay up to the plant’s reservoir.
During the daytime, when electricity use peaks, the Lewiston pumps are reversed and become generators, similar to those at the Moses plant. In this way, the water can be used to produce electricity twice, increasing production and efficiency.
To balance the need for power with a desire to preserve the beauty of Niagara Falls, the United States and Canada signed a treaty in 1950 that regulates the amount of water diverted for hydroelectricity production. On average, more than 200,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), or 1.5 million gallons of water a second, flow from Lake Erie into the Niagara River. The 1950 pact requires that at least 100,000 cfs of water spill over the Falls during the daylight hours in the tourist season, April through October. This flow may be cut in half at night during this period and at all times the rest of the year.
BREAKING THE ICE:
Each winter, we at the Power Authority work cooperatively with Ontario Power Generation, a neighboring utility, to prevent ice on the upper Niagara River from impeding power production and causing the flooding of shoreline property.
One of our joint efforts is an 8,800-foot-long ice boom, consisting of steel pontoons linked together and anchored to the river bottom at Lake Erie’s outlet to the Niagara River. The boom prevents the buildup of ice, yet allows water to continue flowing downstream.
When gale winds blow and temperatures drop below zero, three special-duty boats are used to patrol the river, breaking up the ice and maneuvering it over the Falls. The Power Authority’s primary icebreaker, the William H. Latham, is a 77-ton vessel that literally glides over the top of the ice, crushing it into manageable chunks. The Breaker, a modified tugboat, assists the Latham. Ontario Hydro operates a similar icebreaker called the Niagara Queen.
HOW IT BEGAN:
The history of Niagara Falls begins with ice. Some 12,000 years ago, the ice that had blanketed North America began to thaw. This water gradually formed the Great Lakes, carving out the Niagara Gorge and the 350-foot drop that enables us to produce our power today.
The first hydroelectric generating station on the Niagara River was built in 1881. An 86-foot cascade of water generated electricity, which ran the machinery of local mills and lit up some of the village streets.
By 1896, the first long-distance transmission of electricity began flowing from Niagara Falls to Buffalo, some 26 miles away. The success of hydropower plants was evident with additional generating stations built along the Niagara River. But disaster struck in 1956 when the region’s largest hydropower station was partially destroyed in a landslide.
With power production drastically cut, tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs were at stake and a long-simmering debate over Niagara’s hydropower rights had come to a head. In 1957, Congress passed the Niagara Redevelopment Act, which granted the Power Authority a federal license to fully develop the United States’ share of the Niagara River’s hydroelectric potential. Within three years—on exactly the day predicted by Robert Moses, the “Master Builder” and then chairman of the Power Authority—the Niagara project produced first power.
President John F. Kennedy called the project, “an outstanding engineering achievement” and “an example to the world.” Its reputation has attracted engineers and other visitors from around the world. You can see this outstanding achievement—and more—at the Power Vista, our visitors center.
If we have this technology then why doesn’t the government make use of it? How can they? I’ll tell you!
Why can’t we line the gulf stream up the entire east coast with the same technology, and harness it’s power?
What about putting windmills on the top of all the skyscrapers throughout the world? It’s a proven fact the air flow is much greater at those heights. I watched the new series Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero about the freedom tower in NYC. One thing they said is that the increased wind at those heights are a problem. So why can’t we harness that wind in our favor?
Check out Penn & Teller Bullshit
Episode about recycling on YouTube:
The basic fact is that it costs more to recycle (except aluminum) and in order to recycle we have to power the plants so we are consuming more fossil fuels to recycle negating our efforts.
Topic: Organic food
Organic food is a non-issue! Everyone would love to switch to organic food it’s healthier, no chemicals! But it’s not practical!
Did you ever try to shop in whole foods or other organic stores? The prices are crazy! Especially the meat and fish! Which is why America’s food source is chemically enhanced to feed the masses! Bigger fruits and veggies that don’t get eaten by animals or spoil quickly, chickens with larger breasts, steroid laden, corn fed, beef to make the cow bigger & fatter, farm raised fish sitting in their own waste. All is done to mass produce and keep costs down.
Obesity is linked not to what we eat, but how our food source is produced.
Like I stated in my previous post:
Conspiracy Theories: The FDA, Pharmaceutical Companies and Fat, Sick America. Europeans eat full fat products instead of fat free, they drink full fat milk, they eat fresh meats and veggies and all kinds of breads and pastas and they are mostly tiny!
America can help farmers keep to organic farming if they wanted to! They could fix our food source with all the money they waste on other endeavors.
Did you ever notice how large roadways are never not under construction? Route 46 in New Jersey was just repaved and a day later the same place was tore up again. Why tear up a just finished road? To create jobs? That’s a pure waste of resources there are plenty of local and county roads in dire need of repair! Reallocate the money and Fix those! Stop wasting money when you can finance other much needed projects like cleaning our food source!
These are just American problems, America has strict standards, regulations and compensating controls. Most other countries just don’t care! They do what they need to in order to survive.
Such as Japan’s huge whaling industry! Killing off and endangering the whale population. The extinction of whales could throw off the entire ecosystem of the ocean. If our ocean dies our life on this planet is doomed!
Topic: Automobiles vs public transportation and carpools.
Americans will never give up their cars!
Public transportation sucks! You have to wait for it and pay for it. You are on their schedule, they are not on yours.
Carpools: do you really want to drive with someone who won’t shut up, especially if you aren’t a morning person! What if you or they want to stop at a store after work? And the other person wants or has to go straight home, maybe to pick up a child.
It is the Automobile companies responsibility to find cleaner fuel sources or alternative fuel sources. Lord knows we pay enough for these new vehicles! And insurance to protect them. How about the U.S. does what other countries do and put giant import taxes on foreign vehicles making them way more expensive and encouraging Americans to buy American!
If Americans buy American the Automobile companies would have an abundance of money to research alternative fuels.
You want to go green? Buy American!!!
Topic: Organic Cosmetics
Women are Women not men, cosmetics are one of the differences that separates us. Women will not give up cosmetics, nor do we want them to!
Popular Lipstick Brands Have Been Found to Contain Lead
This is not a green problem, this is an ethics problem! Manafactures know it isnt healthy to do this, but they do it anyway! And they get away with it!!
Which is the reason why America doesn’t want to go green, large corporations get away with it!!
One reason the World can’t go green is the economy. If the world switched to an alternative power source and no longer depended on oil, imagine the unemployment rate? No one drilling, no one refining, no one transporting, no one selling, no commercials, no gas stations, etc… The world would be in turmoil. Countries like Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi whose chief export is oil would be decimated!
As we all dream of free cars to maintain not the rising well above $3.00 a gallon gas rate, clean heating and air conditioning in all our homes, the truth is we can’t go green all at once. It would end us!
So back off hippies!!!
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