1928

816

WATER POWER

No. 794.-DEVELOPED AND POTENTIAL WATER POWER OF THE
UNITED STATES
IN OTE.-Data for developed water power covel' capacity of actual installation of water wheeTs and turbines;
on Jan. 1 1928, in plants of 100 horsepower or more. In November, 1921, the capacity of installation
amounted to 7,926,958 horsepower and in March, 1925, to 10(037,655. The figures, given for potential
power are estimates showing the 24-hour horsepower available 90 per cent of the time and 50 per cent
of the time at an over-all efficiency of 70 per cent at all developed and undeveloped sites. These figures
for potential power are not directly comparablo with those for developed power, because developed power
is usually given in terms of the capacity of the installed water wheels or turbines, which may be several
times the potential power available 90 per cent of the time. Probably with complete development of
the water-power resources of the whole country the installed capacity would amount to 80,000.000 horsepower or morel
In thousands of horsepower]

Division and State

Potential water
Develpower
oped
water
power
(capac- AvailAvailityof able 90 able 50
actual per cent per cent
oitha
installa" of the
tion)
time
time

Division and State

Devel- Potential .,,-aterpower
oped
water
power
(capac- AvailAvailityof
able gO able 50
actual per cent per cent
installa- of the
of the
tion)
time
time

----------~---I-------------------I-------------------

Continental
United Sta.tes __

12,296

38,110

59,166

25

1,978
1,074
350
169
235
40

- -998New England __________ ---1,556
.Maine _______________
New Hampshirc _____
Vermont ____________
Massachusetts _______
Rhode Island _______
Oonnecticut _________

537
278
200
3f}2
30
148

536
186
80
lOf}
65

110

Middle Atlantic ________
New York ___________
New Jersey __________
Pennsylvania _______

2,078
1,779
19
280

4,373
4,010
50
313

6,050
4,960
90
1,000

East
North
Central. __ ._
Ohio
________________
Indiana _____________
Illinois ______________
M!chigap. ____________
WlsconslD ___________

1,037
30
57
94
378
477

742
55
45
189
168
285

1,426
166
145
361
274
480

West North CentraL __
Minnesota __________ .
Iowa ________________
Missouri. ___________
North Dakota _______
South Dakota_______
Nebraska ___________
Kansas ____.__________

542
276
184
21
(1)
20
24
17

929
203
169
67
82
121
183
104

1,937
401
395
152
193
203
342
251

South Atlantic _________
Delaware ___________
Maryland ___________
Dist. of Columbia __
Virginia _____________
West Virginia _____

1,967
1
38
6
141
91

2,924
5
106
459
355

6,048
10
238
812

_ _ _ _ _ .. _

}

980

South Atlantic-Con.
North Carolina_ _ ___
South Ca.rolina______
Georgia______________
Florida______________
East South CentraL____
Kl1ntucky___________
Tennessee___________

8
966

142

177
Al!1b~I~a--.---------646 _
MISSlSSlppL _________________

West South CentraL__
44
Ark~~sas..---------LOUIsIana _________________ 16
• __
Oklahoma___________
2
Texas___ ____ _______ _
27

852
555
572
20

1,160
860
958
30

1,328
172
654
472
30

2,272
280
882

1,050
60

569
200
1
70
288

1,110
300

15, ti5Z
3,700
4,032
1,182
1,609

2

194
(\14

Mounta.in______________
Montana____________
Idaho_______________
Wyoming___________
Colorado____________
New Mexico________
Arizona _____ .. ______
Utah________________
Nevada_____________

1,118
378
355
17
95
2
104
153
13

10,844
2,550
2,122
704
2,759
1,420
300

2,887
1,58G
370

Pacific______________ _ _
Washington_________
Oregon______________
Californiu___________

2,988
707
289
1, \)93

15,418
7,145
3,u()5
4,603

23,793
11,225
5,894
6,674

40
32
15

1,000
19
100

2,500
23
200

873
116

186

o 11 t I yin g

territories
and possessions:

fil::,~tC=
====_
Porto Rico~~=:===
_________

.. _ _- - ' -_ _ _.!...-_ _...!--_ _ _- ' - -_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _- - ' -_ _ _. l -_ _...!.. _ __

Less than 500.
Source: Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.

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644
574

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