In September 2000, Senate Bill 552 granted the Water Authority substantial new authority to enter the electric and natural gas wholesale markets. SB 552 modified the County Water Authority Act to allow hydroelectric power generated by the Water Authority's water delivery system to be sold to any retail electric provider. The bill also authorized the Water Authority to purchase federal power; to construct, own, and operate electric power generation facilities to service its or its member agencies' needs; and to purchase and transport natural gas.
In January 2007 the Water Authority finished construction of the Rancho Peñasquitos Hydroelectric Facility. Since being placed in service, there has been over 70,000 megawatt hours of clean renewable energy produced, generating approximately $3.6 million in revenue.
In 2012, the Water Authority is scheduled to complete construction of a pumped storage facility at Lake Hodges. The generators will produce 40 megawatts of energy for peak demand periods. The potential annual revenue and energy credits from this facility are expected to be about $5 million.
In 2011, construction of solar generating facilities at three locations will produce about 1.5 megawatts of green energy.
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