Despite hydroelectricity decrease, confidence in California power grid

July 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — New renewable capacity added since June 2014 will help the state meet consumer demand.

WASHINGTON — The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) does not expect California to lose reliability on its power grid this summer, according to Eia.gov.

The announcement comes despite lowered hydroelectric generation caused by drought, noted the article. Demand is expected to peak at nearly 53 gigawatts (GW), and NERC says more than 72 GW will be available.

The state’s hydroelectric generation varies seasonally, reported the article. It has experienced a drop in the energy source (water) because of high temperatures and low precipitation, which impacted snowpack levels.

California uses runoff from snowpacks to generate hydroelectricity, reported the article, but it can draw electricity from other sources to make up for the shortage. New renewable capacity added since June 2014 will help the state meet consumer demand.

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