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Report: California’s Five-Year Drought Increased Electricity Costs By $2.45B

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San Vicente Reservoir in East County is part of San Diego's network of emergency water storage supplies. It was recently doubled in size to ensure the region has a six month supply of water in the case of an emergency or future drought, though it remains less than half full because of a lack of rainfall, July 16, 2014.

Loss of hydroelectricity generation during California's five-year drought led to an increase of about $2.45 billion in electricity costs, according to a report released by the Pacific Institute on Wednesday.

The report, "Impacts of California's Five-Year (2012-2016) Drought on Hydroelectricity Generation," also said replacing hydroelectricity generation with natural gas led to a 10 percent increase in carbon dioxide emissions.

On Wednesday's Midday Edition, author Peter Gleick, discussed the report's conclusions and what Californians can learn from it.

Report: California's Five-Year Drought Increased Electricity Costs By $2.45B


Peter Gleick, author, "Impacts of California's Five-Year (2012-2016) Drought on Hydroelectricity Generation"



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