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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

Colorado Federal

Certificate of Public Good/Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate): The Colorado Public Utilities Commission requires developers, which fall under the definition of “public utility” and “cooperative electrical associations” which choose not to be regulated as public utilities, to apply for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for new construction and extension of transmission facilities in the state. [1]
Certificate Regulatory Agency: Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Certificate Threshold: Public utilities before construction and extension of transmission facilities in the state.
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.” [2][3][4]
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.” [5]

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List of Reference Sources

  1. 4 CCR 723-3-3206, Construction or Extension of Transmission Facilities CRS 40-1-103 4 CCR 723-3-3001(oo) C.R.S. 40-1-103(1)(a)(I) Colorado - C.R.S. 24-65.1-203 (2014).
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