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Title: Bureau of Reclamation Hydropower Lease of Power Privilege: Case Studies and Considerations

Abstract

This report analyzes the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's (Reclamation) lease of power privilege (LOPP) regulatory process for a nonfederal entity to use a Reclamation jurisdictional dam or conduit for power generation. Recent federal initiatives encouraging hydropower development at federally-owned facilities coupled with Reclamation's hydroelectric potential has led to an increased interest in powering Reclamation dams and conduits through the LOPP process. During the last five years, 23 of the 36 total LOPP projects (76 MW) have been initiated and are at some phase of the development process. Resource assessments analyzed in this report identify over 360 MW of hydroelectric potential at Reclamation-owned dams and conduits. This report provides considerations from Reclamation staff involved in the LOPP regulatory process and developers that have received an LOPP and are currently generating hydropower at a Reclamation dam or conduit. The authors also analyze LOPP regulatory processing timelines before and after the implementation of federal initiatives to streamline the LOPP process and provide case studies of hydropower projects that have obtained an LOPP.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1439274
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-6A20-71092
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; LOPP; Bureau of Reclamation; hydropower

Citation Formats

Curtis, Taylor L., Levine, Aaron L., and McLaughlin, Kathleen. Bureau of Reclamation Hydropower Lease of Power Privilege: Case Studies and Considerations. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1439274.
Curtis, Taylor L., Levine, Aaron L., & McLaughlin, Kathleen. Bureau of Reclamation Hydropower Lease of Power Privilege: Case Studies and Considerations. United States. doi:10.2172/1439274.
Curtis, Taylor L., Levine, Aaron L., and McLaughlin, Kathleen. Tue . "Bureau of Reclamation Hydropower Lease of Power Privilege: Case Studies and Considerations". United States. doi:10.2172/1439274. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1439274.
@article{osti_1439274,
title = {Bureau of Reclamation Hydropower Lease of Power Privilege: Case Studies and Considerations},
author = {Curtis, Taylor L. and Levine, Aaron L. and McLaughlin, Kathleen},
abstractNote = {This report analyzes the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's (Reclamation) lease of power privilege (LOPP) regulatory process for a nonfederal entity to use a Reclamation jurisdictional dam or conduit for power generation. Recent federal initiatives encouraging hydropower development at federally-owned facilities coupled with Reclamation's hydroelectric potential has led to an increased interest in powering Reclamation dams and conduits through the LOPP process. During the last five years, 23 of the 36 total LOPP projects (76 MW) have been initiated and are at some phase of the development process. Resource assessments analyzed in this report identify over 360 MW of hydroelectric potential at Reclamation-owned dams and conduits. This report provides considerations from Reclamation staff involved in the LOPP regulatory process and developers that have received an LOPP and are currently generating hydropower at a Reclamation dam or conduit. The authors also analyze LOPP regulatory processing timelines before and after the implementation of federal initiatives to streamline the LOPP process and provide case studies of hydropower projects that have obtained an LOPP.},
doi = {10.2172/1439274},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {5}
}

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