Hello, I am Talmadge Oxford, Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region Power Office. Our mission is to deliver water and power to Reclamation’s customers while caring for and protecting the federal infrastructure that allows for the delivery of those services.
The Power Office originated from the Colorado River Storage Project Act of 1956. This legislation set up the ground rules for development of the Colorado River’s upper basin and became part of the “law of the river” that ensures equitable distribution of Colorado River water.
Our office manages eight hydroelectric powerplants with an installed capacity of 1,824 megawatts and delivers an average of 4,500,000 kilowatt-hours of energy to its 5.8 million customers each year. It addition to meeting customers energy needs, this clean renewable hydroelectric power eliminates 6 million pounds of CO2 that would have been produced had the electricity been generated by fossil fuels. It would take approximately 2.5 million tons of coal or 7.7 million barrels of oil to generate the same energy we do with our hydroelectric powerplants.
The professional staff of the Power Office work closely with our power customers, power marketers, water users and other stakeholders to ensure the facilities under our stewardship are ready and available to deliver water and power. This website is part of our effort to serve our internal and external customers. We hope you find it useful.