Energy costs could rise due to drought

It’s another impact from the California drought: With reservoir levels dropping, utility companies say their hydroelectric facilities won’t generate as much power this summer. The companies say they expect to have enough power available from other sources, but that electricity prices could rise. That’s because companies have to buy more replacement power on the open market, which generally costs more than hydroelectricity.


Drought affects variety, price at farmers markets

On the surface, the offerings at California farmers markets might not appear too different as a result of the drought, but farmers who sell at the markets say water shortages have caused a number of impacts. In some cases, farmers have changed the crops they plant or reduced plantings. In others, they have had to raise prices to offset rising water costs. In addition, warm, clear weather for much of the winter and spring altered the timing of many harvests.


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