Wiring the New West

Donald J. Pisani

in Water and American Government

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230309
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927582 | DOI:
Wiring the New West

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This chapter introduces the Boulder Dam, and aims to show the way it was able to blend both public and private enterprise. It emphasizes that the dam did not restrict the power of private utility companies, nor did it give power to consumers at the lowest possible cost. It also states that geography placed strict limitations on dams that could generate power. The next section discusses the proponents of “public power” and how the Metropolitan Water District used irrigation district as a model.

Keywords: Boulder Dam; public enterprise; private enterprise; private utility companies; public power; consumers; irrigation district

Chapter.  15677 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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