Last login: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Rather than creating a new upper reservoir and only generating hydroelectric power in a "pump back" mode, wouldn't it have been more cost-effective to incorporate a hydroelectric generating facility as part of the San Vicente Dam Raise Project. With more than double the storage capacity and additional hydraulic head pressure created by the adding 117 feet to the height of the old dam, it would seem that they could have been generating electric power whenever water was being released from the dam to the downstream water treatment facilities. And since the recently completed Sunrise Powerlink transmission lines crosses City of San Diego property less than a quarter mile from the dam, getting the hydro power connected to the SDG&E transmission grid should have been a snap.
July 9, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.
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