Will California’s drought affect hydroelectric power?

For California, now in its fourth year of drought, the record low snowfall, in addition to the lack of rain, is beginning to hamper the state’s supply of hydroelectric energy.

This winter California received only 12 percent of its average snowpack, meaning that there will be dramatically less runoff into the rivers and dams across the Sierra Nevada this spring.

“We’ll keep the lights on. We’re not concerned about not having power.” said Robert Weisenmiller, chairman of the California Energy Commission told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “What we’re concerned about is the power is going to come from different sources not as benign” for the environment as hydroelectricity. READ MORE.