Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Hydro shortage

4-year-long drought adds $2 billion in electricity costs

Impacts of California's Ongoing Drought: Hydroelectricity Generation 2015. Update PACIFIC INSTITUTE

Pacific Institute

Sacramento Bee

It's one of the lesser-known costs of California's drought: the drying-up of the state's abundant cheap hydroelectric power. A hydro shortage has raised electricity costs by a combined $2 billion the past four years, according to a report by the Pacific Institute. The financial impact on individual consumers hasn't been huge; nonetheless, it's clear the drought has robbed California of one of its cheapest electricity sources.

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Obama offers new approaches to water shortages

San Francisco Chronicle & Capital Public Radio

Spurning dams for research in water technology, President Obama laid out a striking contrast Tuesday to the strategies adopted by California lawmakers in both parties on how to remedy Western water shortages. Included in his budget request is $32 million for levee repairs in Sacramento.

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Flood risk can be higher with levees, UC study says

UC Davis

People living behind levees on floodplains may not be as immune to flood damage as they think, according to results of a study led by UC Davis. Levees often prevent costly flood damages and even loss of life; however, when those levees overtop or fail, and water spills onto the floodplain, the long-term damage can be far worse than if those levees were not there, the study found.

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