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PG&E's snowpack survey says water levels look good

PG&E officials say about 15% of their total water portfolio comes from hydroelectric power, which is why snow surveys like the one on Tuesday are so important.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2018 6:52 PM

PG&E officials say about 15% of their total water portfolio comes from hydroelectric power, which is why snow surveys like the one on Tuesday are so important.

Crews did their 3rd snowpack survey near Lassen Peak.

They say the March precipitation has really helped with the water levels, which were well below average just last month.

Crews take about 20 samples of snow and then measure the depth and the weight of it to determine the water content, which will tell them how much water they’ll have available to produce hydroelectric power next year.

“It’s clean, renewable power. We have several power systems along some river systems so we can capture that power multiple times so we can generate power, and the North State plays a very important role in providing generation with our resources here,” said PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno.

They say right now things are looking good; the average snow depth on Tuesday was almost 11 feet, which is a big step up from last month when it was only about 6 feet.

Thanks to a wet March, to date, the snowpack is about 58% of the average.

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