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Based on production cost data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a comparison was made of the operations of Federal and private sector hydroelectric power plants. As the basis of comparison, GAO selected 6 Federal systems, consisting of 95 plants, and 5 comparable private systems, consisting of 47 plants. The large Federal plants were not included because there were no comparable private plants. The review focused on plants operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation.

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