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The Coast News Group published a commentary by Water Authority Board Chair Mark Muir about a potential project that expands opportunities for renewable energy and could lessen the pressure on water rates.
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"At the simplest level, the project would work like this: When regional energy supply exceeds demand, water would be pumped uphill from San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside to a new smaller reservoir, creating a bank of stored hydroelectric energy for later use," said Muir. "When regional energy demand and electricity prices rise, the stored water would be released to San Vicente by gravity, turning turbines and generating power."