Guadalupe Valley Hydroelectric Division

Hydroelectricity is one of the cleanest sources of power currently available. For more than 75 years, natural flows of the Guadalupe River have been passed through the turbines of hydroelectric plants to generate electricity for basin residents. These flows are returned to the river, unchanged, for use by others. Water, the "renewable resource" can be used to create energy that benefits people and the environment.

This division operates six hydroelectric plants located in Guadalupe and Gonzales counties that generate electricity for the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC). Using state of the art technology, including a microwave communication system, Seguin Control Room personnel are able to continuously monitor and operate all six hydro plants.

  • Location: Six hydroelectric dams at Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeney, Lake Nolte and Lake Placid in Guadalupe County and at Lakes H-4 (Lake Gonzales) and H-5 (Lake Wood) in Gonzales County.
  • Startup Dates: 1928 through 1932
  • GBRA Purchase Date: 1963 (purchased hydro plants from the Texas Power Corporation and the Texas Hydro-Electric Corporation).
  • Division employees provide maintenance and operating functions for both the Guadalupe Valley Hydroelectric Division and the Canyon Hydroelectric Division.

In addition to providing maintenance and operating functions for both the Guadalupe Valley Hydroelectric Division and the Canyon Hydroelectric Division, division employees also:

  • Monitor changing weather conditions and river flows for operation of dams during high rainfall events.
  • Furnish rainfall data to GBRA staff and local emergency management coordinators.
  • Provide electrical, steel fabrication, equipment repair and technical support services to other GBRA divisions.
  • Offer a variety of public service programs including a controlled canal environment for EMS dive and rescue training.
  • Operate and maintain two raw water delivery systems.

Contact

933 East Court Street, Seguin, TX 78155
Phone: 830-379-5822
Fax: 830-379-9718

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