Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office is committed to developing non-federal hydropower on Reclamation facilities. Reclamation's Lease of Power Privilege (LOPP) program allows private entities to enter into contracts with the United States to construct and operate private hydropower facilities on many of our Reclamation facilities. The program helps facilitate the development of new hydropower by taking advantage of sites where, through Reclamation meeting its mission of delivering water to our customers, water is either is stored (i.e. behind a dam) or falls through a drop structure.
The program works by developing a cooperative partnership among Reclamation, the project operation and maintenance entities and in many cases a private entity all working together to bring a potential hydropower location into reality.
The successful implementation of the LOPP program is just one of the many examples where Reclamation is leading the development of renewable resources in the west.
- Lease of Power Privilege - Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association for Development of Hydroelectric Power on South Canal Drop 5 (06/30/15)
- Lease of Power Privilege - Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association and Percheron Power LLC for Development of Hydroelectric Power on South Canal Drop 2 (09/04/14)
- Shavano Falls Hydropower Project - Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (05/2014)
- Draft Lease of Power Privilege - Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association for Development of Hydroelectric Power on the Montrose & Delta Canal - Shavano Falls (03/05/14)