Reclamation promoting 500-kW hydro development at Taylor Park Dam through LOPP

Taylor Park Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation is holding a virtual meeting with Taylor River Hydro LLC (a joint entity between the Uncompahgre Water Users Association and Gunnison County Electric Association) to negotiate a lease of power privilege contract at Taylor Park Dam.

The lease will deliver on a Department of the Interior commitment to facilitate development of non-federal hydropower generation on Reclamation projects. 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.

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. The spillway is an overflow-type weir crest 180 feet long with a capacity of 10,000 cubic feet per second. The outlet works is a horseshoe tunnel with a diameter of 10 feet and a capacity of 1,500 cubic feet per second.

The proposed 500-kW power plant will not interfere or conflict with current operations or existing agreements, Reclamation said.

The contract to be negotiated will provide terms and conditions to use Reclamation facilities for non-federal hydropower generation. All negotiations are open to the public. Observers will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the contract during a 30-minute comment period after the negotiation session.

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.

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  • Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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