The Californian’s keep getting bad news.
According to Breitbart News, “Drought and extremely low water levels in the Lake Oroville reservoir have forced authorities in California to shut down a major hydroelectric power plant, amid intense summer heat and peak electricity demand.”
The state, as well as Arizona, are experiencing alarming low levels of reservoir holdings.
“[O]fficials began preparing to shut down the Edward Hyatt Powerplant for the first time since it opened in the late 1960s,” reports Joel Pollack. “The drought has not yet been as long or as extreme as the 2011-2017 drought, but the modest winter rains and snows failed to generate much runoff, as much of it was absorbed into the ground.”
Pollack noted that “Hydroelectric power makes up over 10% of California’s energy consumption. Last summer, the state was forced to endure rolling blackouts, as wind and solar power were unable to take up the slack during a statewide heat wave.”
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