Placer Water moves toward new power systems operations

By: Journal Staff
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Directors of the Placer County Water Agency on Thursday approved several measures related to future operations, maintenance and energy sales of the agency’s Middle Fork American River Hydroelectric Project.

Andy Fecko, the water agency’s director of resource development, said the measures are needed this year as the agency starts operations under a new power sales agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Directors approved four agreements with PG&E that cover interconnections between agency power plants and the PG&E transmission-line system. Fecko said the interconnected lines serve a single purpose of carrying the agency’s energy output to market so the agency must contribute to their operation and maintenance.

The agreements are for the Oxbow, Ralston, Middle Fork and French Meadow/Hell Hole generating facilities.  Cost to the Water Agency over the 10-year term of the contracts is $602,500.

The board also approved an on-call product and services agreement with PG&E for backup maintenance, engineering and testing services as needed.

Directors also adopted a new policy governing agency compliance with safety and reliability standards of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council.