Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower features 4 facilities of 378 MW of installed capacity and 86 miles of transmission located in the western portion of the Little Tennessee watershed on the Little Tennessee and Cheoah Rivers in Graham and Swain counties in North Carolina, and Blount and Monroe Counties in Tennessee.
The facilities lie in the Southern Appalachian Region adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests and contribute to the area's rich historical, cultural, environmental and recreational features.
Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower (FERC Project No. 2169) is operated by Brookfield Renewable Energy Group. On January 25, 2005, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a new 40 year operating license.
Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower features four reservoirs — Santeetlah, Cheoah, Calderwood and Chilhowee - that offer diverse recreation opportunities and important habitat for plants, fish and wildlife.
The Cheoah Dam and powerhouse were constructed from 1916 to 1919; the Santeetlah facility from 1925 through 1928; the Calderwood facility from 1928 to 1930; and the Chilhowee facility from 1955 through 1957. They have a combined licensed capacity of 380.1 MW.
Three of the 4 hydroelectric dams -- Cheoah, Calderwood and Chilhowee -- are located on the Little Tennessee River. The fourth dam, Santeetlah, is located on the Cheoah River, a tributary to the Little Tennessee River.