Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Project Use Power Draft Directive and Standard

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: April 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on the draft directive and standard that defines the eligible uses and recipients of project use power and related cost recovery and rate setting methodology. The draft directive and standard is available at

This draft release is an update to an existing directive and standard, published in 2005.

Project use power is that electrical energy, and its associated ancillary service components, required to provide the full electrical service needed to operate and maintain project facilities, and provide electric service for authorized Reclamation Project purposes.

Various authorizations from Congress give Reclamation the ability to develop, generate, and use electrical power for the benefit of Reclamation project lands and other purposes. The power can be used for various functions, such as pumping water associated with irrigating Reclamation project lands. This directive and standard describes the various authorized uses.

Congressional authorizations for project use power vary across Reclamation projects; to the extent this directive and standard can be interpreted to conflict with such congressional authorizations, the congressional authorizations control.

Any questions or your comments on this directive and standard may be sent to Clark Bishop at Comments are due on May 6, 2017.

Learn more about Reclamation's Power Program at

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