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 11. PROJECT:Buffalo Hydropower
SPONSOR:City of Buffalo
LOCATION:Johnson County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level III 28 1992 I $975,000* 1999
Level III 59 1996 I $100,000* 1999
*100% loan (4%, 5 years, 5 year deferral)

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.

No legislative action is required.

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