One of Yuba Water Agency’s primary functions is its generation of clean, renewable hydropower. New Colgate Powerhouse, Yuba Water Agency’s largest hydropower facility, is capable of generating up to 340 megawatts, and is the perfect match for wind and solar resources due to its ability to increase or decrease power generation depending on the availability of those resources. The agency assumes all of the operations and marketing of power generated by the Yuba River Development Project.
California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
The hydroelectric power is sold directly to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), an independent, non-profit agency that manages the flow of electricity across high-voltage, long-distance power lines making up most of California’s grid, responsible for keeping electricity moving to homes and communities.
CAISO forecasts electrical demand and then dispatches the lowest cost generator to meet that demand while still ensuring that there is enough transmission capacity for delivery of power.