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Power Plant Named in Honor of Former Nevada Power CEO Chuck Lenzie

Oct 20, 2004

Nevada Power Company today honored Charles A."Chuck"Lenzie, former chief executive officer of Nevada Power, noted southern Nevada leader and lifelong philanthropist. Walt Higgins, chairman and chief executive officer of Sierra Pacific Resources, parent company of Nevada Power, announced the name of its newest generating facility -- Chuck Lenzie Generating Station.

"Chuck Lenzie has been a role model for volunteerism, philanthropy and corporate leadership in Las Vegas for many years,"said Higgins during a news conference held at Nevada Power."This is a lasting way for us to recognize his community leadership and a fitting tribute to his 25 years of service to our company."

Lenzie retired from Nevada Power in 1999. He has been a mainstay of the Las Vegas community as a past president of the Boulder Dam Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the advisory board of the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Southern Nevada and board member of the Las Vegas YMCA.

He has received numerous awards for his community service including the National Conference for Community and Justice Community Hero Award, the Multiple Sclerosis Silver Hope Award, the Frontier Girl Scout Council Award of Distinction and was honored by the American Diabetes Association.

Last week the company announced that it had finalized its purchase of a partially constructed 1200 MW (megawatts) natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant from Duke Energy. The Chuck Lenzie Generating Station is located in the Moapa Valley, 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Construction of the Chuck Lenzie Generating Station, now 56 percent complete, will immediately resume. The project will employ up to approximately 600 local workers during the construction phase and a standard operating crew upon completion.

Fluor Corporation is the construction company that will complete the state-of the-art facility, which is expected to be in service by Summer 2006. The last power plant built by Nevada Power was in 1995.