California Drought Means Less Hydro; Will Increase Electricity Prices Across The West, Increase CO2 Emissions

The extended drought in California could cut the state’s summer electricity generation from hydropower nearly in half compared with normal precipitation conditions, and will lead to higher electricity prices across the West, according to an analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. EIA’s analysis indicates that hydropower would produce 8% of California’s electricity generation in a drought year, compared with 15% under normal precipitation conditions.

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