ST. LOUIS (AP)– After water levels at a California dam was up to historical lows this summertime, the primary hydropower plant it feeds was closed down. At the Hoover Dam in Nevada– among the nation’s greatest hydropower generators– production is down by 25%. If severe dry spell continues, federal authorities state a dam in Arizona might stop producing electrical energy in coming years.
Severe dry spell throughout the West drained pipes tanks this year, slashing hydropower production and more worrying the area’s power grids. And as severe weather condition ends up being more typical with environment modification, grid operators are adjusting to swings in hydropower generation.