Bureau of Reclamation

09/01/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/01/2020 09:22

Reclamation solicits proposals for hydropower development at Taylor Park Dam

Media Contact: Justyn Liff, 970-248-0625, [email protected]
Ryan Christianson, 970-248-0652, [email protected]

For Release: September 01, 2020

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Department of the Interior is delivering on its promise to facilitate the development of non-federal hydropower on Reclamation projects by soliciting proposals to lease the right to develop hydroelectric power at Taylor Park Dam, part of the Uncompahgre Project, located near Gunnison, Colorado, under a Lease of Power Privilege. An LOPP is a contractual right given to a non-federal entity to use a Reclamation facility for electric power generation consistent with Reclamation project purposes.

'Hydropower is a renewable and reliable resource providing clean energy to the western United States' said Ed Warner, Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office Manager. 'Reclamation's LOPP program facilitates the development of untapped hydropower potential on federal water resource projects and allows non-federal entities to take advantage of existing infrastructure where there is potential to generate clean, renewable energy.'

Requirements for submitting proposals are available in a Federal Register Notice (Document Citation: 85 FR 54399) located at www.federalregister.gov. No federal funds will be available for this hydroelectric power development.

Applicants shall deliver their original written proposals and seven hardcopies on or before 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Friday, January 29, 2021. A proposal will only be considered if it is received at or before 4:00 p.m. on the designated date. Late proposals will not be considered.

Proposals can be mailed or hand-delivered to Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

Technical data, including water release patterns, may be obtained by contacting Ryan Christianson at [email protected] or 970-248-0652.

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