Reclamation to issue LOPP permits for two South Canal projects

MONTROSE COUNTY, Colo. 3/8/12 (PennWell) — The Bureau of Reclamation will give two lease of power privilege (LOPP) permits for the non-federal development of hydroelectric power on Reclamation’s Uncompahgre Irrigation Project in Montrose County, Colo.

The Uncomphagre Valley Water Users Association (UVWUA) and Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) were given the LOPP permits based on their final environmental assessments and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposals.

Reclamation says these documents have been completed in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act to address the effects of the construction and operation of the facilities.

According to the projects’ final environmental assessment, the plan will consist of two powerhouses — each of which would be equipped with a vertical shaft, double-regulated Kaplan turbine. Combined, the facilities will have a capacity of about 7.5 MW. 

Reclamation sought comment on the LOPP process in November 2011 and will hold a workshop on April 18 as part of the National Hydropower Association’s Annual Conference.


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