Estimated impacts of climate warming on California ’ s high-elevation hydropower

  title={Estimated impacts of climate warming on California ’ s high-elevation hydropower},
  author={Kaveh Madani},
California’s hydropower system is composed of high and low elevation power plants. There are more than 150 high-elevation power plants, at elevations above 1,000 feet (300 m). Most have modest reservoir storage capacities, but supply roughly 74% of California’s in-state hydropower. The expected shift of runoff peak from spring to winter due to climate warming, resulting in snowpack reduction and increased snowmelt, might have important effects on power generation and revenues in California. The… CONTINUE READING


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