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Reclamation to offer LOPP for hydropower development at Taylor Park Dam

The Department of the Interior is soliciting proposals to lease the right to develop hydroelectric power at Taylor Park Dam near Gunnison, Colo.

Taylor Park Dam is on the Taylor River, a tributary of the Gunnison River. The dam is a zoned earthfill structure 206 feet high, with a crest length of 675 feet and a volume of 1,115,000 cubic yards. It creates a reservoir with a storage capacity of 106,200 acre-feet.

Taylor Park Dam is part of the Uncompahgre Project on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in west-central Colorado. Project features include Taylor Park Dam and Reservoir, Gunnison Tunnel, seven diversion dams, 128 miles of main canals, 438 miles of laterals and 216 miles of drains. The systems divert water from the Uncompahgre and Gunnison rivers to serve over 76,000 acres of project land.

Reclamation did not indicate the potential generating capacity of a powerhouse at this location.

Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation says it is delivering on its promise to facilitate the development of non-federal hydropower on Reclamation projects under a Lease of Power Privilege (LOPP). An 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

 “Hydropower is a renewable and reliable resource providing clean energy to the western United States” said Ed Warner, Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office manager. “Reclamation’s LOPP program facilitates the development of untapped hydropower potential on federal water resource projects and allows non-federal entities to take advantage of existing infrastructure where there is potential to generate clean, renewable energy.”

Requirements for submitting proposals are available in a Federal Register Notice (Document Citation: 85 FR 54399). No federal funds will be available for this hydroelectric power development.

Applications will be accepted until 4 pm Mountain Standard Time on Jan. 29, 2021.

Reclamation, a federal agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the largest wholesale water supplier and second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the U.S.