Hoover Uprating Project

Year Built: 1935      Peak Plant Capacity: 1,951 MW     Generation Type: Large Hydro

SCPPA Participants: Anaheim,  Azusa,  Banning,  Burbank,  Colton,   Riverside

History of the Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, which forms a portion of the boundaries between the states of Arizona, Nevada and California, and is approximately 25 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada. Construction of the Dam and the Hoover Power Plant commenced in 1931 with the first generator of the Power Plant in full operation by October 1936 and the last generator in full operation in December 1961. The Hoover Dam and the Hoover Power Plant are owned by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. 

To learn more or if you are interested in visiting Hoover Dam, visit the Bureau of Reclamation's website.

SCPPA Participation

As of March 1986, six participants of SCPPA entered into an agreement pursuant to which each participant assigned its entitlement to Hoover Uprating Capacity and associated firm energy to SCPPA in return for SCPPA's agreement to provide for the advancement of funds for the uprating to the United States Bureau of Reclamation on behalf of such participants. This uprating project took the plants capacity from 1,448 MW to the current 1,951 MW. Glendale, LADWP and Pasadena are also off-takers of Hoover generation, however they have arrangements outside of SCPPA.

Future Plans

The current agreement for the six participants expires in 2017. SCPPA is working with these members to negotiate a new contract that will implement an increase to the number of offtakers from the power plants capacity.