How Might Water Levels Affect Power Supplies?
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How Might Water Levels Affect Power Supplies?

A review of multiple data sources for British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest for current snowpack levels and water equivalent levels compared with those versus history shows low levels worthy of note.

Indeed, current average water equivalent levels in BC are well below historical levels and significantly lower than the comparative in Q1 2021.

Moreover, snow water equivalent levels across the U.S. Pacific Northwest are well below historical levels throughout Oregon and have deteriorated in recent months.

Given the large amounts of hydroelectric generation in the region, water levels are meaningful for many Western power markets and other parts of the overall energy ecosystem (i.e., natural gas-fired generation and pipeline flows in selected sub-markets).

@Andrew Kuske