Print Back to top

Final Application for Exemption of Small Hydroelectric Power Project from Licensing for Denver Water’s Strontia Springs Reservoir Hydroelectric Project, FERC Project No. 6916

Denver Water is seeking a small hydroelectric power project exemption for its Strontia Springs Reservoir Hydroelectric Project (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] Project No. 6916). Denver Water needs to replace the electrical systems at Strontia Springs Reservoir, providing an opportunity to replace the existing turbine and generator with new equipment that will generate additional hydropower with no change in the amount of water released from the reservoir.

Denver Water provided agencies and stakeholders with notification of the availability of an Initial Consultation Document (ICD) for the project on both Jan. 10 and April 20, 2018, in hopes of receiving written concurrence with waiving the consultation process, so that Denver Water could submit its application to FERC for its notice and comment on the exemption application.

Denver Water only received waivers from three agencies. Because Denver Water did not receive a written waiver form from all identified agencies and stakeholders, Denver Water held a joint stakeholder consultation meeting and site visit on July 11, 2018. Comments and questions received during the joint stakeholder consultation meeting and site visit, along with responses to those, were captured electronically and documented in a meeting record that was e-filed with FERC on July 17, 2018.

Denver Water took care to address the questions and comments received during the joint meeting and site visit in the preparation of its Draft Application for Exemption of Small Hydroelectric Power Project from Licensing for the Strontia Springs Reservoir Hydroelectric Project that was e-filed with FERC on Sept. 11, 2018, and released for a 90-day stakeholder review. Denver Water received comments from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the City of Aurora and the U.S. Forest Service during the 90-day stakeholder review of the Draft Application and took great care to address those comments in the final preparation of its Final Application for Exemption of Small Hydroelectric Power Project from Licensing for the Strontia Springs Reservoir Hydroelectric Project. Denver Water is notifying stakeholders that the Final Application was filed with FERC on Jan. 4, 2019.

Any comments or questions can be submitted to [email protected] or Denver Water, Attn: Brian Gogas, 1600 W. 12th Ave., Denver, CO, 80204-3412.