Hydropower is one of the most available and sustainable energy sources in the nation, and uses water from rivers and streams to power our lives. Additionally, it is one of the most cost-effective energy sources. The Yuba River Development Project hydropower facilities generate up to 412 megawatts of carbon-free energy, which is enough to supply more than 300,000 homes throughout California.
Hydropower is available in every region of the country. Every state benefits from the services that hydropower provides to the electric grid. The industry employs approximately 300,000 workers across the United States, from project development to manufacturing to facility operations and maintenance (source: National Hydropower Association).
Yuba Water Agency’s New Colgate Powerhouse has a unique operational flexibility, as it can go quickly from zero power to maximum output, helping to meet the rapidly changing demands for electricity throughout the day, and providing an ideal, clean supplement to solar and wind power.
Image shown: one of the Pelton Wheels at New Colgate Powerhouse