Valley Electric Association awarded Nevada National Security Site contract

PAHRUMP, NV – Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA), a non-profit electric cooperative headquartered in Pahrump, Nevada, has been awarded a nearly $62 million contract to provide electric services for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

The NNSS contract, executed by the U.S. Department of Energy, includes provisions for construction of 5.3 miles of a 138 kV line to the NNSS Mercury Switching Center. The new line will increase the reliability of the NNSS power supply, eliminate long-standing low voltage concerns, and increase the capacity of the onsite electric system from 40 megawatts to 70 megawatts.

“We are happy and proud to once again serve the Nevada National Security Site,” said Husted. “The NNSS is in our backyard. Having this contract helps us create much needed jobs in the region and will enable expansion on the site.” VEA had originally served the NNSS, formerly known as the Nevada Test Site from 1997 through 2000.

The $61,635,257 contract goes into effect November 1, 2012 and has a five year term with an additional five year option. It will provide the NNSS an estimated savings on electric service of 1.4% per year. In addition, the NNSA will save about $200,000 per year on power system monitoring and control services.