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Placer Water to install micro-hydro plant at Lincoln metering station

By: Journal Staff Report
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AUBURN CA - The Placer County Water Agency will soon be generating hydroelectric energy using the water that flows to the city of Lincoln. The agency Board of Directors has awarded a $711,650 contract to F&H Construction of Lodi for purchase of hydroelectric generation equipment to be added to the Lincoln water metering station. Brian Martin, agency technical services director, said the micro-hydro plant will include two small generators and produce about $175,000 worth of electricity annually. The agency anticipates selling the power output to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Martin said that while the agency’s power system includes five hydroelectric power plants, the Lincoln station will be the first installation on its own water system. The approval for the new equipment was made at a board meeting earlier this month that also heard a report on the annual PG&E canal system maintenance outage. Director of Field Services Mike Nichol told the board Oct. 4 that the outage is planned to last through Nov. 16 on the Bear River canal and Nov. 17-23 on the South Canal. “PCWA will be rerouting water supplies to customers who are affected by the work and some rotating outages may be needed,” Nichol said. Nichol added that affected water customers are being notified and any updates will be posted at www.pcwa.net. The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the agency Business Center, 144 Ferguson Road, in Auburn.