U.S. invites proposals to develop hydro at Caballo Dam, New Mexico

The Bureau of Reclamation invites proposals to develop a hydroelectric project at Caballo Dam in New Mexico, under a federal Lease of Power Privilege. Proposals are due Jan. 20, 2012.

Caballo Dam was completed in 1938 on the Rio Grande near Truth or Consequences as part of Reclamation’s Rio Grande Project. Its 11,500-acre reservoir provides flood control and replacement for storage lost at the 27.945-MW Elephant Butte project due to silt deposition, enabling more efficient power generation.

A Lease of Power Privilege is a congressionally authorized alternative to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower licensing. It gives a non-federal entity authorization to use Reclamation-owned water or facilities for generation and sale of hydropower.

A federal study, Potential Hydroelectric Development at Existing Federal Facilities, found potential to develop a 4.46-MW project at Caballo Dam, generating 28.4 million kWh annually.

Written proposals, plus seven copies, are due by 5 p.m., Mountain time, Jan. 20, 2012, to Area Manager Mike Hamman, Albuquerque Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 555 Broadway, N.E., Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87102; (1) 505-462-3540, with a copy to CRSP Manager, Western Area Power Administration, 150 Social Hall Ave., Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1534.

For information contact Kathleen Dickinson, Albuquerque Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 555 Broadway, N.E., Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87102; E-mail: kdickinson@usbr.gov.

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