U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) praised Senate passage of two pieces of energy legislation he introduced earlier this year that passed the Senate last night. The South Utah Valley Electric Service District (S.25) and Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation (S.26) both passed the Senate unanimously.
The Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act allows for the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork system of the Central Utah Water Project (CUP). This bill previously passed the Senate and the House companion bill passed the House, but neither bill has passed both bodies.
"This bill gives CUP the ability to move forward with harnessing the power it needs. I'm hopeful this is the year we get this needed legislation signed into law," Hatch said.
The South Valley Electric Conveyance Act conveys certain federal features of the electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District. The South Utah Valley Electric Service District has operated and managed these facilities for decades and this bill will give them ownership.
"All we're asking for here is for the South Utah Valley Electric District to have ownership of the distribution system that they've been running for decades," Hatch added. "Let's put this ownership into the hands of those who know the ins and outs of this technology, rather than bureaucrats in Washington."