Lockport Powerhouse

 
 

The Lockport Powerhouse located on the Main Channel Extension near Lockport, Illinois.
 

 

The Lockport Powerhouse, located on the Main Channel Extension, Lockport, Illinois, was built in 1907 and marks the southwestern extent of the MWRD-managed Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). The Powerhouse is located right before the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal connects with the Des Plaines River. The facility is an integral part of the MWRD's task of managing the CAWS and reducing the risk of flooding throughout the MWRD service area.  The Lockport Powerhouse enables the MWRD to control the levels of the canal.

In addition to its role in managing the waterways, the Lockport Powerhouse also provides financial benefits from hydroelectric power generation.  The water flowing through the facility is harnessed by 2 turbines to provide a safe and environmentally friendly hydroelectric energy source that is sold back to Commonwealth Edison.

By the end of December 2017, the Lockport Powerhouse generated 37,583,707 kilowatt hours of power and $1,041,780.24 in revenue.

Lockport has generated over $1 million worth of electricity every year for the past 16 years. Here are the annual power generation (in kilowatt hours) and revenue amounts for the Lockport Powerhouse:

2017 37,583,707 kWh $1,041,780.24
2016 35,595,896 kWh $990,097.68
2015 41,595,703 kWh $1,299,793.17
2014 41,518,650 kWh $1,390,418.00
2013 33,070,255 kWh $1,012,462.00
2012 23,589,171 kWh $686,081.00
2011 42,412,425 kWh $1,341,578.13
2010 36,333,757 kWh $1,093,103.26
2009 50,638,344 kWh $1,978,605.23
2008 49,021,024 kWh $2,728,545.44
2007 44,586,717 kWh $1,759,241.20
2006 40,946,609 kWh $1,742,566.04
2005 38,014,571 kWh $1,741,079,14
2004 38,677,031 kWh $1,769,698.61
2003 36,352,051 kWh $1,658,073.69
2002 42,389,222 kWh $1,949,350.25