ASME Greenville Section: Bad Creek Hydro Station Tour

March 16 3:30PM - March 16 5:30PM, 2023

16 March 3:30 - 16 March 5:30, 2023

Thursday - Thursday Salem, South Carolina, USA
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Known as “The Marvel in the Mountain”, Duke Energy’s Bad Creek Hydro Station began operating in 1991. It was built near the Whitewater River inside a mountain bordering Lake Jocassee. Part of the station can be seen by boat and you can drive up fairly close to the facility. But don’t be fooled…this place is extremely well guarded with hidden cameras and hi-tech means, so no funny business. Above the Bad Creek Hydro Station there’s a 367-acre Bad Creek Reservoir that serves as an enormous battery. The plant produces energy when its cloudy and stores energy when it’s sunny. During low energy demand, the facility pumps water up to the Bad Creek Reservoir for storage. When demand for power is high, water is released back down to the pump turbines that generate energy and then the water is returned into Lake Jocassee. When the level of Lake Keowee gets low, water from Lake Jocassee can be released to bring it back to full pond. If Lake Keowee gets too full, water is released into Lake Hartwell.

Venue & Location

Duke Energy Bad Creek Hydro Station
151 Bad Creek Road
Salem, South Carolina, USA

More Venue & Location Information

In person event on March 16, 2023 at 3:30pm Eastern Time.

Event Host

ASME Greenville Section - Greenville, SC, USA

Additional Information

This event is being organized by volunteers of the ASME section. ASME in-person activities will follow the state and local laws, regulations and guidelines regarding COVID-19 applicable to the location of the event.

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