CHANGE IS COMING TO THE
Potter Valley Project
Today, Pacific Gas and Electric Company owns the Project, which is licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Project license expires in April 2022 and is currently in the re-licensing phase.
PG&E has decided to abandon the project. As a result, a local coalition, the Two-Basin Partnership, made up of Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission, Sonoma Water, California Trout, Round Valley Indian Tribes, and Humboldt County has submitted a Notice of Intent to license the Project. The coalition supports a solution which benefits both basins and all interested parties.
If the Potter Valley Project were profitable, PG&E would not have abandoned it. To maintain our water supply through the Potter Valley Project, local partners will have to figure out a way to fund the Project’s operations and maintenance.
Change is coming one way or another. Either the Two-Basin Partnership will successfully license the Project or FERC will decommission it. With local control, we can assure equitable distribution of the water at a reasonable cost. The solution has to benefit all or it benefits none—without the Potter Valley Project our water supply will depend on seasonal flows. This could be devastating to local agriculture and other economic interests, households, and wildlife.