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     Generating Power for 90 Years 

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     Established in 1902, Reclamation is responsible for developing and conserving the Nation's water resources in the western United States.
     Reclamation's original purpose - "to provide for the reclamation of arid and semiarid lands in the West" - today covers a wide range of interrelated functions.  These include providing municipal and industrial water supplies, hydroelectric power generation, irrigation water for agriculture, water quality improvement, flood control, river navigation, river regulation and control, fish and wildlife enhancement, outdoor recreation, and water-related research.
     One of the many things we can be proud of is the hydroelectric power we provide to our customers in the western United States.
We know that with this responsibility comes an obligation to administer our power program in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.
      Reclamation has become the Nation's second largest hydroelectric power producer with 58 hydroelectric powerplants having an installed capacity of over 14 million kilowatts.  Reclamation's powerplants annually generate over 42 billion kilowatt hours of hydroelectric energy, enough to meet the annual residential needs 14 million people.  Annual revenues from the sale of hydropower total nearly $800 million.  Since 1909, when our first powerplant started operating, power revenues have repaid more than $10 billion to the U.S. Treasury.  [Reclamation's Power Facilities]

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