Nearly 30 million people rely on the clean, reliable energy from Hoover Dam and now we must ensure that they can rely on it well into the future. As residents know, the Hoover Dam was created by an act of Congress in 1928 to give the Department of the Interior the authority to build the dam and execute contracts to sell the power generated by the dam. In 1984, Congress passed another law that preserved power for the original customers of Hoover Dam such as Boulder City and allowed new ones to enter contracts that expire in 2017. Last month, I introduced the Hoover Power Allocation Act to protect this power source until 2067.
Boulder City continues to be a leader in additional sources of clean energy alternatives that make our state and our country more energy independent and that result in savings for rate payers. This town has always been at the forefront of renewable energy. So, it came as no surprise to me when Sempra Energy was recognized as the Solar Project of the Year by Renewable Energy World in March. The Copper Mountain Solar Project created 350 jobs by taking advantage of tax credits I helped pass in 2008. This project is already generating enough energy to power 14,000 homes in Southern Nevada.
I am committed to passing the Hoover Power Allocation Act to protect our power for the next 50 years and I will continue to fight for new clean energy projects in Boulder City like Copper Mountain Solar. I applaud Boulder City’s efforts to support clean energy development and I’m confident that Nevada’s first clean energy city will remain a leader long into the future.
Contact Harry Reid at http://reid.senate.gov/