The Wallace Dam Project is located near Eatonton, Georgia, and occupies approximately 39 miles of the Oconee River. Lake Sinclair serves as a reservoir and is operated by Georgia Power under a separate license. The following timeline features Wallace Dam highlights through the years. The arrows on either side can be used to navigate the timeline. You can also view a specific time period by selecting the year at the bottom of the page.
  • 1963-1970
    Georgia Power files a preliminary permit for the Laurens Shoals Project, a pumped storage hydroelectric project on the Oconee River. A preliminary permit order is issued in 1965, with FERC issuing an amending order for the Laurens Shoals Project in 1970. A month later, Georgia Power accepts the amended license. The project’s name is changed to the Wallace Dam project.
  • 1970-1971
    Construction on the Wallace Dam begins.
  • 1977-1978
    The clearing of the reservoir begins in April of 1977 and is completed in December 1978.
  • 1978-1979
    The reservoir known as Lake Oconee starts filling in January 1979, and reaches an elevation of 434 in May 1979.
  • 1979-1980
    Unit 6, the first pump turbine unit of the project, is declared to be in commercial operation in December 1979. By July 1980, all six units, including four pump turbine units, are up and running.
  • 1980-1981
    Georgia Power and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources enter into an agreement to develop geese and waterfowl habitats, which remain today.
  • 2014-2015
    Georgia Power will begin the relicensing of the Wallace Dam Project by filing a Notice of Intent to FERC in early 2015.
  • 2017-2018
    Georgia Power will file the Licensing Application.
  • 2019-2020
    The current license for the Wallace Dam project expires on June 1, 2020.
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  • 1963 1970
  • 1970 1971
  • 1977 1978
  • 1978 1979
  • 1979 1980
  • 1980 1981
  • 2014 2015
  • 2017 2018
  • 2020