Ericson Power Plant
David Budka

Omaha, NE

#1 Mar 8, 2007
I would like to know the layout of the hydroelectric plant that used to exist at Lake Ericson. I believe a penstock or flume extended from the dam to the small brick powerhouse alongside the spillway.

What I don't know is if the engineer's used a vertical or horizontal turbine-generator. I think a horizontal turbine may have been used, enclosed in a steel flume. The shaft would have then passed through the brick wall of the powerhouse to the generator. The concrete tailrace would have carried the water exiting the turbine under the powerhouse. Usually a vertical "open flume" type turbine would have required a tall concrete flume, and from the pictures I have seen this doesn't appear to be the case. However, the brick powerhouse was rather tall with tall, narrow windows.

Any information about the power plant at Lake Ericson would be most informative and appreciated.


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