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San Diego Selects B&V As Owners’ Representative For 500MW Pumped Hydro Storage Project

The City of San Diego and the San Diego County Water Authority have selected Black & Veatch (B&V) as the owners’ representative for 500MW hydropower storage project to be located at the San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside in San Diego County, California. The San Vicente Energy Storage Facility (SVESF) is expected to increase the availability and efficiency of renewable energy in the region by providing enough stored energy to be supplied to about 325,000 Californian homes annually.

Body Found In Northern California Water Supply Pipeline

A man’s body was recovered Tuesday from a reservoir pipeline supplying drinking water to several Northern California communities, but authorities say the water quality is not affected. KCRA-TV reports that the body of Tory Robert Mayes, 34, of Pollock Pines was found in an area of raw water flowing from Jenkinson Lake.The water is heavily treated before it flows to customers, said El Dorado Irrigation District spokesman Jesse Saich.

Stormy Pattern To Persist Across Pacific Northwest, Northern California This Week

The next Pacific storm will spread rain and mountain snow from Washington to Northern California by the middle of the week. The winter months are typically the stormiest months of the year across the Northwest, and this season has proven no different. Since Jan. 4, Seattle has had only one day without measurable rainfall. A strong Pacific storm coming into the West will bring more soaking rain and heavy mountain snow from the Pacific Northwest through central California Tuesday through Wednesday night, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston.

OPINION: California Must Not Miss Rare Chance To Increase Water Storage

When Californians overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1 in 2014, voters made clear their desire for additional water storage in anticipation of future droughts. Opportunities to build significant storage occur only once or twice in a century. The state must not let this one slip away. The California Water Commission has an obligation to fulfill the state’s commitment to voters when it announces in July which projects, if any, will receive the $2.7 billion authorized in the $7.5 billion bond measure.

A Silver Lining From California’s drought: Water Conservation Led To Reduced Energy Use And Less Pollution

In April 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown called on the people of the most populous state to reduce their water use by 25 percent in response to a punishing four-year drought. It was an audacious goal, and Californians came close to meeting it. Between June 2015 and April 2016, when restrictions were in effect, residents reduced the amount of water they used by 24.5 percent.

California’s Proposed Budget Reveals Water, Climate Priorities

For California governor Jerry Brown and his administration, 2017 was a water year to remember, and one that would figure into the drafting of the state’s 2018-19 budget, which was released early this month. The $190 billion proposed spending plan names California’s drought and the “extreme natural events of 2017” as determining factors in how the cash was divvied up.

BLOG: Webcams Show Stark Difference In California Snowpack 2018 VS. 2017

After a blockbuster snowpack winter for 2016-2017, California is once again in a snow drought and these National Park Service webcams, comparing this week to the same week in 2017, show the shocking difference.Last winter, the snow at the Yosemite “High Sierra” webcam, shown above and located at about 8,000 feet in Northern California, nearly covered the camera. This year, there is barely snow on Half Dome peak shown on the webcam.

Black & Veatch Selected As Owner’s Representative For San Diego Pumped Storage Project

Black & Veatch has been selected to serve as owners’ representative for the 500MW San Vicente Energy Storage Facility (SVESF) planned to be built in San Diego County, California, US. Planned to be built at the San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside in San Diego County, the new energy storage facility will be owned by the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego.

Energy Storage Increasing Emphasis For Utilities Around The World

The San Diego County Water Authority and City of San Diego have selected Black & Veatch as owners’ representative for their 500-MW San Vicente Energy Storage Facility. The plant will be located at the San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside, Calif. U.S., with a new upper reservoir, tunnels and underground powerhouse planned for construction. Per the contract, Black & Veatch will assist in evaluating proposals, select service teams and negotiate project delivery agreements.


BLOG:OPINION: 7 Lessons From a California Water Leader on Managing for the Future

David Guy is president of the Northern California Water Association (NCWA), an organization committed to ensuring that water supplies are available for the Sacramento Valley — both for today’s users and for future generations. “The Sacramento Valley is a rich mosaic of farmlands, cities, rural communities, refuges, managed wetlands and meandering rivers,” David said. “Every drought we experience reveals numerous pressures on the water supplies that support this vibrant region. We have to be motivated and forward-thinking to advance the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the Sacramento Valley by enhancing and preserving its water rights, supplies and water quality.”