One of YCWA’s primary functions and a tremendous benefit is its generation of clean, renewable hydropower. These operations provide a source of renewable electricity.
On May 1, 2016, the Agency assumed the operations and marketing of power generated by the Yuba River Development Project, which had previously been operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
The hydroelectric power is sold directly to 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.