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Tight Energy Supply Brightens Prospects for Pumped Storage

California uses lots of electricity to push massive amounts of water from the Bay-Delta rivers to farms, homes and factories in Central and Southern California. A critical portion of that electricity is generated by hydropower at a state dam in Northern California. On really hot days, the Department of Water Resources defers this push […]

January 12, 2022|

Community Energy Teams Up to Acquire 670 MW of New Power

Three community energy providers have joined together to meet urgent clean energy requirements and are seeking bids for nearly 670 megawatts of fossil-free power that can be ready over the next two to four years.

The Jan. 7 request for proposals issued by Central Coast Community Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power […]

January 11, 2022|

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|
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