Public Comments Sought on Potential Hydropower Development at Existing Reclamation Facilities

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: November 04, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a Federal Register Notice announcing the availability for public review and comment the Hydropower Resource Assessment at Existing Reclamation Facilities Draft Report. This draft report is an assessment of the economic and technical potential for hydropower development at existing Reclamation owned non-powered dams and structures.

The draft report provides an inventory of hydropower potential at existing Reclamation sites using broad energy and economic criteria. It does not make any recommendation for development of the sites included in the report.

Reclamation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase renewable energy generation by focusing on development of sustainable, low impact, and small hydropower projects. To help meet the goal of the MOU, Reclamation produced an updated list of facilities and sites best suited for projects to increase sustainable hydropower generation.

Comments may be submitted by mail or email to:

Michael Pulskamp
Bureau of Reclamation
Denver Federal Center, Bldg 67
PO Box 25007
Denver, CO 80225

Comments must be received by December 3, 2010.

The draft report and Federal Register Notice is available for download on Reclamation's website at

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Relevant Link:

Reclamation's Hydropower Program