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California's In-Conduit Hydropower Implementation Guidebook: A Compendium of Resources, Best Practices, and Tools

Thu, Apr 18, 2019 3:01 PM EDT{LOCAL_TZ}, 1 hour 4 mins

Water systems in California have large untapped potential to recapture energy with in-conduit hydroelectric generation and, over the past decade, several important updates have changed the landscape related to small hydropower in the state. The technological renaissance of turbine technologies, offering improvement in performance, modularity, portability, and scalability, has created new opportunities to revisit sites previously considered infeasible for energy harvesting. In addition, federal and state regulatory permitting processes have been simplified, and with the availability of incentives, in-conduit hydropower projects are now often considered technically and financially feasible. Despite this, the actual development of projects is still below the state’s potential, with small hydropower currently only contributing about 1-3.5% of California’s power generation.

In this context, it is believed that an increased knowledge of in-conduit hydropower project life cycle will facilitate higher market penetration in California. To address this knowledge gap, this study developed a guidebook and a business case assessment tool to assist cost-effective implementation of in-conduit hydropower projects, and provided a comprehensive assessment of the in-conduit hydropower generation potential in California. Our speakers will discuss the project’s findings, which provide an invaluable knowledgebase for municipal water, agricultural, and industrial agencies that are considering capturing hydrokinetic/hydrostatic energy, avoiding energy wastage in water supply networks, and integrating in-conduit hydropower into the existing energy mix.

Carla Cherchi, PhD, Senior Environmental Engineer, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
M. Ayu Sari, PhD, Environmental Scientist, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
Gene Goodenough, SVP Product & Finance, NLine Energy, Inc.
Oscar M. Ramos, General Superintendent, San Gabriel Valley Water Company
Gene Mancebo, General Manager, Amador Water Agency

Ashwin Dhanasekar, Research Manager, The Water Research Foundation

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