Overview of UC Region Powerplant Ownership & Operation
photo: Upper Molina Powerplant
Upper Molina Powerplant located on east
bank of Cottonwood Creek, west-central Colo

There are 28 hydroelectric powerplants, including one under construction, at Reclamation projects in the Upper Colorado Region. Of the 28 powerplants, 20 are owned by Reclamation and eight are owned by private entities either under a lease of power privilege (Lease) issued by Reclamation or by a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The distinction between a Lease and a FERC license is that a FERC license may be issued at a Reclamation project where the development of power is not an authorized purpose of the Reclamation project. The FERC is an agency of the United States Department of Energy, and among other things, has jurisdiction over hydroelectric licensing in the United States except at those Reclamation projects where Congress has given authority to Reclamation.

photo: Elephant Butte Dam and Powerplant
Elephant Butte Dam and Powerplant

Of the nine powerplants owned and operated by Reclamation, the Power Office’s Flaming Gorge Field Division operates and maintains the facilities associated with the Flaming Gorge and Fontenelle Powerplants; the Curecanti Field Division operates and maintains the facilities associated with the Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, Crystal, Upper Molina and Lower Molina Powerplants; and the Glen Canyon Field Division operates and maintains the facilities associated with the Glen Canyon Powerplant. The Elephant Butte Powerplant is operated and maintained by the Elephant Butte Field Division of the Albuquerque Area Office.


UC Region Hydroelectric Powerplants Owned and Operated by Reclamation

Project Powerplant State River Initial Date In Service Number of Units Installed Capacity (kW)
Collbran Lower Molina
Upper Molina
Colorado
Colorado
Pipeline
Pipeline
12/62
12/62
1
1
4,860
8,640
Colorado River Storage Project Blue Mesa
Crystal
Morrow Point
Flaming Gorge
Glen Canyon
Colorado
Colorado
Colorado
Utah
Arizona
Gunnison
Gunnison
Gunnison
Green
Colorado
9/67
8/78
12/70
11/63
9/64
2
1
2
3
8
86,400
31,500
165,000
151,490
1,320,000
Rio Grande Elephant Butte New Mexico Rio Grande 12/40 3 27,900
Seedskadee Fontenelle Wyoming Green 5/68 1 10,000

Powerplants Owned by Reclamation - O&M by Contract

Project Powerplant State River Initial Date In Service Number of Units Installed Capacity (kW)
Central Utah Olmsted Utah Pipeline   3 10,300
Dolores McPhee
Towaoc
Colorado
Colorado
Dolores
Canal
  1
1
1,283
11,495
Provo River Deer Creek Utah Provo   2 4,950
Strawberry Upper Strawberry
Lower Strawberry
Payson
Utah
Utah
Utah
Canal
Canal
Pipeline
  2
1
1
3,500
250
400
Weber Basin Gateway
Wanship
Causey
Utah
Utah
Utah
Canal
Weber
Ogden
  2
1
2
4,500
1,950
2,200

Lease of Power Privilege Powerplants

Project Powerplant State River Initial Date In Service Number of Units Installed Capacity (kW)
Central Utah Jordanelle Utah Provo   2 13,000
Grand Valley Grand Valley Colorado Canal   2 3,000
Florida Lemon Colorado Florida   1 120
Mancos Jackson Gulch Colorado Canal   1 260

FERC Licensed Powerplants

Project Powerplant State River Initial Date In Service Number of Units Installed Capacity (kW)
CRSP Navajo New Mexico San Juan   2 30,000
Middle Rio Grande El Vado New Mexico Rio Chama   1 8,000
Ogden River Pineview Utah Ogden   1 1,800
Pine River Vallecito Colorado Pine River   3 5,844
Weber River Echo Utah Weber   3 4,500
Last Updated: 2/23/17