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Hydropower Plant Back Online After Winter Rains

The Department of Water Resources’ Hyatt hydropower plant at Oroville Dam in Butte County is back generating electricity, thanks to recent heavy precipitation, the agency reported Jan. 4.

Not all the turbines are operating, though. Only one 30 MW unit is supplying hydropower to the California Independent System Operator. Rather than racing toward the turbines, […]

January 5, 2022|

FERC Okays Stronger Dam Safety Rules

A blowout in 2017 of the spillway below the highest dam in the U.S., the Oroville Dam on the Feather River, that forced the evacuation of 180,000 people led the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to adopt rules this week to increase dam safety across the country. Independent consultants are to perform in-depth inspections at […]

December 16, 2021|
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