Reclamation solicits proposals for hydropower development at Silver Jack Dam

Media Contact: Justyn Liff, 970-248-0625, jliff@usbr.gov
Ryan Christianson, 970-248-0652, rchristianson@usbr.gov

For Release: December 18, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals to lease the right to develop hydroelectric power at Silver Jack Dam, part of the Bostwick Park Project, located near Montrose, Colorado, under a Lease of Power Privilege (LOPP).

A LOPP is a contractual right given to a non-Federal entity to use a Reclamation facility for electric power generation consistent with Reclamation project purposes. The LOPP program promotes renewable hydropower energy development on Reclamation owned facilities and allows non-Federal entities to take advantage of existing infrastructure where there is potential to generate clean, renewable energy. Reclamation will collect a portion of the revenue generated by the hydropower project to be credited to the project to help cover current or future project expenses. LOPPs do not exceed 40 years.

Guidelines for submitting proposals must be followed and are available in a Federal Register Notice (83 FR 64871) located at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-18/pdf/2018-27299.pdf. No Federal funds will be available for this hydroelectric power development.

The potential lessee must submit a written proposal and seven copies on or before 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019. A proposal will only be considered if it is received at or before 4:00 p.m. on the designated date. Late proposals will not be considered.

Proposals can be sent or delivered to Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

Technical data, including water release patterns, may be obtained by contacting Ryan Christianson at rchristianson@usbr.gov or 970-248-0652.

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