YCWA utilizes the power of water to generate hydroelectricity. Deploying a series of dams, diversions and tunnels to the Yuba watershed, YCWA is able to provide consistent electricity to the grid, which in turn supplies thousands of people with power, and generates revenues that benefit the people of Yuba County.
Hydropower is one of the most available and sustainable energy sources in the nation, and uses water from rivers and streams. Additionally, it is one of the most cost-effective energy sources.
The Yuba River Development Project hydropower facilities generate up to 395 megawatts of carbon-free energy, which is enough to supply more than 300,000 homes throughout California.
YCWA owns three powerhouses on the Yuba River watershed. New Colgate Powerhouse generates up to 315 megawatts, Narrows 2 Powerhouse generates 47 megawatts, and the Fish Release Powerhouse generates 150 kilowatts.