Reclamation issues Notice of Intent for lease of power privilege proposals for hydroelectric power development on Lake Roosevelt Reservoir

Media Contact: Michael Coffey, 208-378-5020, mcoffey@usbr.gov

For Release: August 31, 2020

BOISE, Idaho -The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals to develop pumped-storage hydroelectric power utilizing Lake Roosevelt located in Grand Coulee, Wash. Proposals must be submitted by January 28, 2021.

“Reclamation is committed to facilitating the development of non-federal hydropower on Reclamation projects,” said Regional Director Lorri Gray. “We encourage interested parties to review the requirements and submit a proposal if interested.”

The proposed pumped storage project request will utilize Lake Roosevelt and Banks Lake. The project also involves a powerhouse, substation and underground tunnels. Due to its nature, the project is subject to the dual jurisdiction of Reclamation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission https://www.ferc.gov/. Reclamation’s authority is for Lake Roosevelt Reservoir, while FERC has retained its authority over features outside of Lake Roosevelt.

A lease of power privilege is a contractual right given to a non-federal entity to use a Reclamation asset (e.g., dam or conduit) for electric power generation consistent with Reclamation project purposes. The process allows non-federal entities to develop electrical power resources on federal water resource projects. This notice provides background information, proposal content guidelines, and information concerning the selection of a non-federal entity as a preliminary lessee. LOPP projects must not impair the efficiency of Reclamation’s power generation or delivery of water, jeopardize public safety, or negatively affect any other Reclamation project purpose. Interested parties should refer to the Federal Register Notice at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/31/2020-19155/notice-of-intent-to-accept-proposals-select-preliminary-lessee-and-contract-for-hydroelectric-power for information on how to submit proposals.

Additionally, questions about proposal requirements may be sent to Mr. Benjamin Miller at bjmiller@usbr.gov or by phone at 208-378-5196. To learn more about the hydropower program visit https://www.usbr.gov/power/LOPP/.

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Relevant Link:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/31/2020-19155/notice-of-intent-to-accept-proposals-select-preliminary-lessee-and-contract-for-hydroelectric-power

https://www.usbr.gov/power/LOPP/