SMUD wins FERC license for hydropower plant

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The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) received a new 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to continue operating the 688 MW Upper American River Project.

The FERC license contains many operational charges, recreation upgrades and monitoring programs for the project that consists of 11 reservoirs and eight powerhouses spanning an area from the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Sacramento valley. The license also includes a project expansion that will increase the volume of water released from reservoirs into streams and rivers.

SMUD will coordinate UARP operations with the downstream Chili Bar Hydroelectric Project, operated by Pacific Gas & Electric and will move forward with the design and potential construction of the proposed Iowa Hill pumped-storage project.

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