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December 2011
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House Passes Hoover Power Allocation Act


Aerial View of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

On Dec. 7, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 470, the Hoover Power Allocation Act. It has been sent to President Obama for signature. Once signed by the president, this legislation will authorize the Hoover Dam to continue distributing power for the next half century to more than 29 million people who live

in California, Nevada and Arizona.


Hoover Dam Inlet Towers

This legislation has been one of Metropolitan's top federal priorities for more than three years with broad bipartisan support of Metropolitan's 29-member Southern California Congressional delegation.

"Once signed by the president, the Hoover Power Allocation Act will ensure 50 years of reliable, low-cost, renewable energy to annually move more than 550,000 acre-feet of water on Metropolitan's Colorado River Aqueduct," said General Manager Jeff Kightlinger.


Hoover Dam Spillway

Leadership at the federal level was key to passage of the legislation. This included the support and leadership of Rep. Joe Heck, the bill's sponsor; Rep. Grace Napolitano, ranking member on the House Water and Power Subcommittee and author of the original legislation in 2009; current Water and Power chairman, Rep. Tom McClintock; and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Sen. Reid authored the Senate companion measure with Senators Feinstein and Boxer as co-authors and key supporters of the measure.

 

 

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