Opportunities for agricultural producers, irrigation districts and other water users to develop small hydropower resources at existing water infrastructure will be covered in a series of meetings and roundtables in Worland, Powell and Basin Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 7-8.
The Wyoming Business Council and State Energy Office partnered with University of Wyoming Extension and the UW School of Energy Resources to develop the Wyoming Small Hydropower Handbook, which is the foundation of the discussion, said Milt Geiger, UW Extension energy coordinator.
Geiger will offer an overview of the development process and typical characteristics of a feasible development opportunity.
“Small hydropower offers water users the opportunity to make our Wyoming waters work even harder, producing electricity while serving the needs of irrigators and municipalities,” said Geiger.
The roundtables and presentation highlight the “where, what and how” of the evaluation process, including Wyoming case studies, he said. Recent reports by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation identifying potential development locations in the Big Horn Basin will be discussed. Incentives and a simplified permitting process will also receive attention.