State panel funds hydropower climate study on Yuba River

Appeal: As the Yuba County Water Agency ramps up for renewal of a federal license to produce hydroelectric power, how a changing climate affects what's flowing down the hill will get some examination. The California Energy Commission awarded $299,970 to the University of California, Davis, last week for scientists and students there to study the topic. "Changes in climate directly affect the 'fuel' available for hydropower plants in the form of the amount and timing of snowpack runoff," Joshua Viers,......

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