A California power plant will likely shut down for the first time due to water shortages during a prolonged drought, squeezing the state’s very limited electricity supplies, state officials said yesterday.
The Edward Hyatt Power Plant, an underground facility next to the Oroville Dam in Butte County, is expected to close in August or September, said John Yarbrough, deputy deputy director of the State Water Project at the California Department of Water Resources. . The plant has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1967. It receives water from Lake Oroville, and that reservoir has shrunk due to drought, as CNN previously reported.
Lake Oroville is among several California reservoirs affected by the drought.
In addition, “very hot events in California and the rest of the West have started earlier than usual and have exceeded historical temperature levels,” said leaders of the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission in a letter from July 1 …