July 24, 2017
Water Authority Solicits Proposals for Potential Joint Energy Storage Facility with City of San Diego
The Water Authority issued a Request for Proposals for a potential joint energy storage project with the City of San Diego that could lessen pressure on water rates and increase opportunities for renewable energy penetration throughout the region by leveraging existing infrastructure at San Vicente Reservoir.

The potential project would consist of a closed-loop interconnection and pumping system between the existing San Vicente Reservoir (which is owned by the City of San Diego) near Lakeside and a new, smaller reservoir located uphill. The system could provide up to 500 megawatts of renewable energy. It would be used during off-peak energy-use periods, pumping water uphill to the new upper reservoir to create a bank of stored hydroelectric energy. That energy would be released to the lower reservoir by gravity at times when other renewable energy supplies, such as solar, are unavailable and when energy demand and electricity costs are higher.

In addition to potentially adding renewable energy to the region, energy storage could support electrical grid operations that are essential to integrating large new supplies of other renewable electricity into the California and western power grids -- notably solar, but also wind. It also would make it easier to quickly increase or decrease energy generation as needed.

Apply Today for the Fall 2017 Citizens Water Academy

The award-winning Citizens Water Academy is open to future and emerging leaders in the San Diego region who want to learn about critical projects and programs related to water. For the first time, the Water Authority will hold its fall 2017 academy in North San Diego County. The dates for the fall class are:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10: 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18: 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 27: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Monthly Board of Directors Meeting this Thursday

The agenda for the Water Authority Board of Directors meeting on July 27 is at www.sdcwa.org/board. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. and the formal board meeting begins at 3 p.m.

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Did You See?

The San Diego Union-Tribune published an editorial urging State Auditor Elaine Howle to investigate financial practices at the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

"For the millions of people who rely on MWD supplies -- and who have seen their rates double over the past decade -- the stakes are high," the editorial states.

Click here to read the full story.