California grid expected to maintain reliability despite drought

July 6, 2015

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on North American Electric Reliability Corporation

According to the of 38% for the region.

California’s hydroelectric generation varies seasonally. From January 2014 to April 2015, hydroelectricity accounted for 6% to 14% of the , averaging near 9%.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration,

Since early 2014, much of California has experienced extreme or exceptional drought, as measured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s throughout the state.

However, California likely has enough electric generating capacity from other sources to make up for the loss of hydroelectric generation. Each spring, NERC conducts an that has come online in the state since June 2014. Increased generation from natural gas generators and increased electricity imports from surrounding areas are also expected to make up for the reduced in-state hydroelectric generation.

Principal contributor: Owen Comstock

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