Transcript for Giant on the Bighorn, segment 07 of 9


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But on the Bighorn, there's another story to be told. Here, man adds the finishing touches to nature's handiwork. Here at Yellowtail, the Bighorn flexes its muscle, dispatching annually nine hundred fifty million kilowatt hours of electrical energy to consumers in the Missouri River Basin, to cities, homes, and rural electric cooperatives. This is the energy equivalent of two million barrels of oil and enough electrical power to meet the needs of some three hundred seventy thousand persons or nearly a hundred twenty-four thousand households.

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The Yellowtail is a peaking plant. It idles at ebb, revs up in response to increasing demand. That's efficient. Here in the afterbay below the dam, the Bighorn is manhandled and managed once again, held in check or given its head to minimize downstream fluctuations. Folks downstream breathe easier now.

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Down on the flats, it used to be too much or too little or too late.

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