Small Hydropower Programs and Initiatives

Energy Recovery Hydropower

With significant recent changes in federal and state policy, energy recovery hydropower presents the most economically-feasible type of new hydropower development. Numerous Colorado resources are available to help support hydropower project development, including free site assessments, grants to support project feasibility and engineering, and low-interest loans which can provide 100% of project construction costs.

Energy Recovery Webinar Link


 

Colorado PRV Hydropower Initiative

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 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.
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