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06/06/2021

What happened at Hetch Hetchy?

What happened at Hetch Hetchy?

Despite opposition from many citizens, including most of the nation’s leading newspapers, Congress passed the Raker Act in 1913 allowing the city of San Francisco to destroy Hetch Hetchy. The City built a dam and reservoir, drowning this beautiful valley, even though other less-damaging sites existed.

Why was the O’Shaughnessy dam built?

San Francisco Mayor James Phelan and city engineer Michael O’Shaughnessy believed Hetch Hetchy Valley could be used to its greatest potential by damming it to ensure a stable water supply for San Francisco. San Francisco voters approved construction of a dam in Hetch Hetchy Valley by an 86% majority vote in 1908.

Who opposed the construction of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir?

Ballinger and Walter Fisher opposed construction of water infrastructure in the Hetch Hetchy valley. The instead suggested that the city of San Francisco Build reservoirs at Lake Eleanor and Cherry Valley, which were considered to be less attractive and environmentally important than Hetch Hetchy Valley.

Where does San Francisco get their water?

Hetch Hetchy watershed

How many nuclear power plants are there in California?

California has two operating nuclear power reactors at one plant, three nuclear facilities at various stages of decommissioning, and multiple research reactors that are operational or undergoing decommissioning.

What percentage of California power is renewable?

95%

Why did California have rolling blackouts?

California suffered its first rolling blackouts in nearly 20 years because energy planners didn’t take climate change into account and didn’t line up the right power sources to keep the lights on after sundown, according to a damning self-evaluation released Tuesday by three state agencies.

How does PGE get power?

PGE generates electricity from plants we own, and purchases power on the wholesale market to assure we serve customers with the lowest-cost resources available at any given time. We operate wholly and jointly owned hydroelectric, natural gas, coal, wind and solar generating plants.