CO PRV-Hydropower Initiative

Salida hydropower station equipment

Colorado continues its commitment to assist persons interested in developing hydropower resources including, but not limited to, small and micro hydropower systems.  The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) contracted with Amec Foster Wheeler to prepare an assessment of the energy potential in replacing pressure reducing valves (PRVs) with hydropower units within Colorado.  The Colorado PRV-Hydropower Assessment is intended to highlight hydropower opportunities within water utility delivery systems where PRVs are used to reduce water pressure.

CEO-sponsored training workshops will teach attendees to identify municipal hydropower projects within their water delivery systems. Attendees will be offered assistance in completing permitting/exemption documents for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as grant applications for financial assistance available through the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA).