Tradeshow + Conference: October 20-22 | Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA

CLEAN CURRENTS 2021

On-Site Tours

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Clean Currents’ host utility Georgia Power is hosting on-site tours of two of its hydropower plants for event attendees on Tuesday, October 19.

Taking these tours offer hands-on learning, as well as important times to network with other attendees.

Add these tours during the event registration process. Get started today.

Cost per tour: $50

Morgan Falls

Join us on Tuesday, October 19 for a tour of Morgan Falls. Morgan Falls is located along a seven-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River in Roswell just north of Atlanta.

Departures: 9:15 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:15 PM.
Maximum Capacity each of the 3 tours: 20 people
Tour length (including travel time): 3 hours

Fast Facts

  • Georgia Power’s 1st power plant
  • Built in 1904, to power Atlanta streetlights
  • 16.8 MW; can supply enough electricity to power over 4,400 homes annually
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission existing license issued May 2008; expires February 2039
  • Unique design: camelback units; entire powerhouse is one large room
  • Operates in modified run-of-river mode
  • Is critical for re-regulating flows from the upstream U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Buford Dam for water supply and wastewater assimilation in the Atlanta metro area

Wallace Dam and Rock Hawk Effigy and Trail System

Join us on Tuesday, October 19 for a tour of the Wallace Dam and Rock Hawk Effigy and Trail System. This tour will take a look at the Wallace Dam which was built and filled completely by 1979.

Tour Length: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (includes travel time)
Maximum Capacity:
80 total

Fast Facts

  • 13 miles east of Eatonton, Georgia; 15 miles south of Greensboro, Georgia
  • 6 units (two conventional and four pumped storage)
  • Unique turbine arrangement (individual servomotors on each wicket gate)
  • 321.3 MW – maximum generating capacity; 328.1 MW – dependable capacity in summer (most critical flow period)
  • Average annual generation: 385,964 megawatt-hours; can supply enough electricity to power over 34,200 homes annually
  • Generates during peak power demand hours, and then pumps water back at night during off peak and lower cost power hours
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued new 40-year license (relicense) in 2020
  • Construction underway of aeration system in forebay to boost dissolved oxygen in tailrace
  • Releases from Lake Oconee (impounded by Wallace Dam) flow directly into Lake Sinclair, which serves as the project’s lower reservoir and is operated by Georgia Power under a separate license.
  • Supports minimum flow requirements of Sinclair Dam during droughts. When the Sinclair Dam’s calculated inflow drops below 250 cubic feet per second, water from Lake Oconee is released to supplement Oconee River flows downstream of the Sinclair Dam
  • Operated for power production, thermal plant turn-down issues, voltage support, renewable integration
  • Critical to Southern Company’s efforts to integrate intermittent renewables
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In addition to Wallace Dam, the tour includes a visit to: Rock Hawk Effigy and Trail System

Maintained by Georgia Power in partnership with the Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway Commission and Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Fast Facts

  • 15 miles of hiking and biking trails and interpretive signage enjoyed by more than 70,000 visitors each year
  • Features an effigy (rare rock formation) made of milky quartz rocks and is in the shape of a hawk. Estimated to be 2,000 years old. Some of the rocks are so large that some archaeologists believe they were dragged there with the use of deerskins. The Hawk appears to be flying southeast.
  • It is not known who built the Rock Hawk Effigy, nor exactly when or why. Most of what we know comes from the limited research that has been conducted on the mounds and from speculation. The effigy was located on land occupied by Native Americans before early settlers took ownership via treaties and land grants shortly after 1800.
  • Near the Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway (Georgia Highway 16), which was once the Okfuskee Trail – a major “highway” through the Southeast that ultimately connected Charleston, South Carolina, with the Mississippi River.
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