Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 254, Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act, legislation sponsored by Congressman Jason Chaffetz. This legislation addresses hydropower on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project. The bill passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 400 - 4.
"This legislation is a win for federal tax payers, the environment, and energy users. It is vital that we secure diverse energy sources to meet the demands of Utah County's growing population," 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."
H.R. 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 at this location. H.R. 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.
The House passed identical legislation during the 112th Congress (H.R. 460). H.R. 254 now moves to the Senate for consideration.