Hydropower - Lease of Power Privilege
photo: Uncompahgre Project - South Canal - Drop 1
Uncompahgre Project - South Canal - Drop 1

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.

Uncompahgre Project - Shavano Falls
Uncompahgre Project - Shavano Falls

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.

Last Updated: 3/7/17