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Reclamation Launches New Lease of Power Privilege Website

Website provides access to process flowcharts, example and guidance documents and other information

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615,

For Release: February 26, 2013

DENVER - The Bureau of Reclamation has developed a new website to assist customers, stakeholders and those interested in developing hydropower under the Lease of Power Privilege process. "This website provides the necessary information that potential developers and stakeholder groups need on Lease of Power Privilege," said Senior Advisor Hydropower Kerry McCalman.

Documents provided on the site include the Directive and Standard that defines the process, responsibilities, timelines and charges; flowcharts, examples and guidance documents; current LOPP projects; and guiding legislation.

Reclamation finalized the LOPP process requirements in September 2012. These requirements provide clear guidance and timelines, assign roles and responsibilities, set a standard methodology and identify potential charges for developers.

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

The new website may be found at

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Relevant Link:

Reclamation Hydropower Website

Lease of Power Privilege