Brookfield Renewable has announced the 5 year drawdown schedule for Fall 2016 at our Lake Wallenpaupack Facility. Please be aware it will take approximately four weeks to lower the lake an additional 5 feet below the normal target lake level for October (1179.0’ target). We recommend pulling your docks out earlier than normal, but it is not a requirement.
The schedule below shows the approximate targeted lake levels between Sept. 17, 2016 and October 14, 2016.
Date Lake Level Target Elevation (in feet above sea level)
1180.0 to 1178.5
1178.5 to 1177.0
1177.0 to 1175.5
10/8- 10-14 1175.5 to 1174
Due to changing weather conditions, please note the elevation of the lake, the generation schedules, and 5 year drawdown plan are subject to change without prior notice.
As the new owner and operator of Lake Wallenpaupack Hydro Facility, Brookfield Renewable is integrating real time lake data to our website. Unfortunately, we are experiencing some minor posting issues and are currently fixing the problem. We thank you for your patience during this time. The information is posted on http://brookfieldrenewable.com/content/asset_information/wallenpaupack-43824.html
This posting should normalize over the next several weeks as we migrate the data.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Inquiries.PA@brookfieldrenewable.com
Please use caution and wear a personal flotation device when recreating on or near water. Pay close attention to your surroundings and respect all signage, sirens and barriers. Always check water conditions before you recreate.
The Wallenpaupack hydroelectric plant is powered by the water contained by a 1,280-foot-long and 70-foot-high dam, which creates the popular 5,700-acre Lake Wallenpaupack. The lake has many benefits beyond clean, renewable electricity generation. The generation process begins when water from the bottom of the lake flows into a 14-foot-wide pipe called a flow line.
The water travels 3.5 miles through the flow line to the power plant where it spins two turbines as it rushes past them. The turbines spin within each of the two generators to create 44 megawatts of electricity, which is enough power for about 35,000 typical homes. As the water exits the power plant, it flows into the nearby Lackawaxen River.
The ability of generation plants like Wallenpaupack to quickly respond to increases in electrical demand or fill in for large plants helps reduce stress on the electricity grid. Brookfield Renewable also can use the hydroelectric plant to manage lake levels in support of recreation or flood control, and to provide water to the Lackawaxen River in support of boating or fish habitat.