During the Level II analysis of the Buffalo Municipal Reservoir Project, the feasibility of installing
a hydropower unit using the existing Buffalo water supply line from the diversion structure on Clear
Creek was evaluated. Revenues from power sales would make a substantial contribution towards
retiring the loan for the Buffalo Municipal Reservoir project. Water released from the reservoir for
municipal use, meeting downstream water rights, and instream flow purposes would provide a steady
and reliable source for power generation.
In 1991, conceptual level plans, cost estimates and operating plans were completed and the final report
was submitted to WWDC and the project sponsor. Total cost of the hydropower unit is estimated at
$1,075,000. The project sponsor opted to request construction funds for the hydropower generation
unit. The two projects, the Buffalo Municipal Reservoir and the Buffalo Hydropower project, are
mutually interdependent for economic feasibility.
In 1992, the WWDC and the city completed the project agreement, note and mortgage necessary for
the city to access project funds. The city has received the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
license necessary to operate the hydropower facility. The project has been designed and construction
bids were received in January, 1996. Construction began in the summer of 1996 and substantial
completion was achieved in May, 1997. A small project which will help alleviate the accumulation
of silt at the stream diversion structure was awarded in December, 1997.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.