FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 11, 2016
CONTACT: Kara Lamb, 720-962-7411, firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Western Area Power Administration completed the signing of its Post-2017 Boulder Canyon Project contracts, bringing almost 60 new customers into the WAPA-customer fold. More than 20 of the new customers are Native American tribes.
The Boulder Canyon project markets hydropower generated by the Bureau of Reclamation at Hoover Dam as directed by Congressional authorization. The Hoover Power Plant Act of 2011 created the possibility for additional customers to receive the clean, reliable, low-cost federal hydropower, starting in 2017.
WAPA completed the process of establishing new allocations of power in 2014. New customers receiving an allocation had to execute contracts by Oct. 1, 2016. Contract negotiations commenced in 2015 and were concluded in the summer of 2016. October 2016 marks the successful execution of all post-2017 Boulder Canyon contracts.
Delivery of power under the newly executed contracts will begin on October 1, 2017.
Please keep an eye on WAPA's web pages for more information as the implementation date nears.