Today, the Natural Resource Committee passed H.R. 254 Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act legislation sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz. This legislation addresses hydro power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project. Identical legislation (H.R. 2578) passed through the House during the 112th Congress.
"Utah is a great place to live, work, raise a family, do business, and recreate," said Rep. Chaffetz. "The Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act will empower responsible, local economic development, facilitate job creation, and reduce cumbersome federal red tape."
HR 254 will spur development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project. The tunnels and canals of the Diamond Fork System currently move water from Strawberry Reservoir to Utah and Salt Lake Counties. The water that flows through these same tunnels and canals is expected to generate approximately 50 megawatts of clean, renewable hydropower.
Current law prevents development of this renewable resource. HR 254 would change the law to promote development. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that $4 million in federal revenue would be generated within the first ten years alone.
H.R. 254 now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration.