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15 Feb

The California Department of Water Resources was ordered this week to perform a “forensic analysis” of the failure of the spillway at Oroville Dam by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC, which licenses dams that produce hydropower like Oroville, also ordered the department to convene an independent board of consultants to review the situation and […]

SHORTS

5 Jan

Tesla and Panasonic Jan. 4 began mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at the automaker’s “Gigafactory” in Nevada. They will be used in Tesla’s energy storage products and Model 3 car. Production is underway for cells that will be used in Tesla’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy products. Model 3 car cell production will […]

SHORTS

17 Dec

The Department of Water Resources entered a 20-year solar power purchase agreement Dec. 15 with the Solverde I Solar Facility. The 85 MW photovoltaic facility near Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County uses solar tracking technology to enhance output. DWR said that through the life of the contract Solverde should provide it with nearly 4.8 million […]

Snowpack Points to Low Hydropower Output

6 Mar

The Department of Water Resources’ manual reading of Sierra snowpack—closely related to hydropower production in spring and summer—again yielded disappointing results March 3 showing water content at just 5 percent of normal. (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP: Prices Inch Up in CA-Quebec Carbon Auction

27 Feb

In the second carbon emissions rights auction held jointly by California and Quebec, 73,610,528 vintage 2015 allowances were sold for $12.21 apiece. (more…)

CPUC Shortens Energy Crisis Bond Refinancing Review

27 Feb

Energy regulators agreed to scale back their laborious assessment of proposals by the Department of Water to reduce bond costs for the remaining energy contracts signed in 2001 to save ratepayers money. (more…)

Hydro Outlook Remains Gloomy Despite Hope

20 Feb

A warm, dry winter is dimming the outlook for hydropower supplies this spring and summer both in California and the Pacific Northwest. (more…)

Motivating Low-Income Ratepayers to Cut Water Use

6 Feb

How to fund water conservation programs targeting low-income households was a key topic at the Low Income Oversight Board’s Feb. 4 meeting held at the California Public Utilities Commission. (more…)

CPUC & ORA Proposed Budgets on Solid Ground

16 Jan

No major changes.

SHORTS

9 Jan

DWR taps solar energy to pump water.

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