Reclamation Lease of Power Privilege Process Requirements Finalized

Requirements outline process for non-federal entities to lease Reclamation's right to generate power at a Reclamation facility

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: September 28, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has finalized the Lease of Power Privilege (LOPP) Processes, Responsibilities, Timelines and Charges Directive and Standard. It defines the LOPP process and how Reclamation will enhance working relationships with its project partners.

"Through these leases, Reclamation is able to work with non-federal entities and project beneficiaries to increase the amount of renewable hydropower produced in meeting the growing energy needs of the nation," said Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor. "This directive and standard provides a clear and understandable process to develop hydropower on Reclamation's dams and canals."

The directive and standard provides clear guidance and timelines on LOPP requirements, assigns roles and responsibilities within the organization for LOPP development, sets a standard methodology across Reclamation for the LOPP charges and identifies all potential charges for developers.

A LOPP is used when Reclamation chooses to lease its right to develop power at one of its facilities when that power development doesn't interfere with other authorized project purposes.

The directive and standard (FAC 04-08) can be viewed at

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Relevant Link:

Reclamation Power Program