Senators John Ensign and Harry Reid today introduced the Hoover Power Allocation Act, which ensures that clean, renewable electricity from Hoover Dam continues to power Nevada.
"At a time when our energy needs are facing uncertainty from turmoil in the Middle East, it is comforting for Nevadans to know that we have a tremendous power source in our own backyard," said Ensign. "Power from Hoover Dam provides 29 million people with a clean, renewable and reliable source of energy; it is so important that we renew the contracts for this power so that it is available for our state past its current expiration in 2017. The power generated by Hoover Dam is essential and critical to southern Nevada, and this legislation will ensure that we can rely on Hoover Dam for another 50 years."
"The Hoover Dam project is one of Nevada's most important clean energy projects and a major source of economic development and job creation for our state," said Reid. "Our homes and businesses have been powered by the clean energy produced at Hoover Dam for more than seventy years. This legislation ensures that Nevada will continue to benefit from this renewable source of power for another fifty."
The legislation authorizes allocation of Hoover Dam's hydroelectric power through 2067 and will create private sector jobs by allowing for an additional $1.6 billion in upgrades to operations, maintenance and equipment. Additionally, the continued availability and reliability of Hoover power to Nevadans will make it easier for additional investment and job creation to occur. It also ensures that the 29 million people who get their power from the Hoover Dam will have sustainable, reliable power long into the future.
Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives in January by Congressmen Heck.