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Dam and power systems may be relicensed together

Looking to save money and time, the Nevada Irrigation District and PG&E may relicense their intertwined hydroelectric dam and power systems at the same time.

Both systems have to be relicensed with the federal government by 2013. PG&E representatives offered to do it in conjunction this morning at an NID committee meeting.

The simultaneous relicensing will begin with the building of a computer model which shows where NID and PG&E’s water currently runs and what it powers and supplies. That model would be used to project the future of the facilities and if they would need to be expanded.

NID and PG&E may share consultants in the process to keep costs down, which NID has predicted will cost $10 million, $6 million of which has already been put aside. NID will look at the proposal harder next month in committee and regular board meetings.

For the full story, see Tuesday’s edition of The Union.

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