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Endorsement of House bill 11449 (similar to Senate bill 3511) Congress of the United States : providing for the construction by the federal goverment of the Boulder Canyon Dam and the All-American Canal
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MARKETS FOR BOULDER CANYON POWER Looking to the immediate future, provision must be made for the rapidly increasing commercial and industrial power needs of the Southwest by the development of additional hydro-electric power, or increased use of fuel oil will result---an increased use that cannot well be afforded throughout the Nation generally. As proof of the increasing demand for power in that part of California tributary to the Boulder Canyon dam, it may be stated that the use of power in Los Angeles, during the last five years, has averaged a 20 per cent increase annually. This means a doubling of power needs every four years. It is estimated that by the end of 1922 the quantity of electric power used in Southern California for that year will amount to 2,289,300,000 K. W. H. The total continuous power output from the Boulder Canyon project will amount to 600,000 horsepower or 3,942,000,000 K. W. H. annually. Combining the amount of power now used with the amount that will be available for use from the Boulder Canyon project gives a total of 6,231,-300,000 K. W. H. In view of the past and present rate of increase it is extremely conservative to estimate that the consumption of electric power will continue to increase at the rate of 15 per cent compounded annually. With that rate of increase in effect the end of 1929 will find in Southern California a power demand of 6,089,000,000 K. W. H. per annum. If, to this is added approximately 200,000,-000 K. W. H. to meet the power needs of Southern Nevada and Arizona, it will be seen that all of the Boulder Canyon power will be absorbed by the end of 1929. In addition to the consumption of 200,000,000 K. W. H. in Southern Nevada and Arizona, it may be conservatively estimated that there will be a ready market for 100,000 K. W. for railroad electrification, 75,000 K. W. for mining operations and 100,000 K. W. for the uses of metallurgical industries. This total of 275,000 K. W. increases the consumption by 1,204,500,000 K. W. H. per annum and will advance the date when all of the Boulder Canyon power will be readily absorbed to the end of 1927. Boulder Canyon power would have the advantage in cost and time of development as against any possible source of power for this market.

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