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Colorado Hydropower Transmission & Interconnection(8-CO)

In Colorado, a hydropower developer should consult local zoning regulations during the transmission siting process. A developer may also need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for certain interconnection and transmission projects.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Public Utility/Electric Plant Definition: A “public utility” includes “every common carrier, pipeline corporation…electrical corporation,… person, or municipality operating for the purpose of supplying the public for domestic, mechanical, or public uses and every corporation, or person declared by law to be affected with a public interest” providing electric, steam, or associated services in the state of Colorado. “Electrical utilities” is defined, in part, as “…every…electrical corporation, person, or municipality operating for the purpose of supplying the public for domestic, mechanical or public uses.” CRS 40-1-103; 4 CCR 723-3-3001(oo); C.R.S. 40-1-103(1)(a)(I).
Transmission Interconnection Request Process (Interconnection Request): Both the state and local governments are involved in the transmission permitting process. A developer may need to comply with state and local permitting requirements.
Interconnection Request Regulatory Agency: Local governments
Interconnection Request Threshold: Local governments may regulate areas and activities of state interest. The statute defines “major facilities of a public utility” , in part, as “transmission lines, power plants and substations of electrical utilities.” Colorado - C.R.S. 24-65.1-203 - Activities of State Interest as Determined by Local Government.

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