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Union Pacific (more..)
EMD SD70M (more..)
Feather River Canyon (more..)
Belden, California, USA (more..)
April 30, 2019
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UP 4807 (more..)
LRR66 30 (more..)
Jake Miille (more..)
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PG&E's Hydroelectric infrastructure often dominates the scenery of the Feather River Canyon. Producing some of the cleanest energy in the country, PG&E's dams, powerhouses, tunnels and conduits capture the energy of the Feather River and transport it to customers all across California. The Rock Creek Diversion Dam, which sits just west of the small town of Belden, California, captures and transports water 6.3 miles to the Rock Creek Powerhouse. It is there that PG&E is able to create 123 megawatts of electricity or enough power for over 90,000 homes. Hydroelectric power is clean and reliable. Recently though, PG&E's operations in the Feather River Canyon have come into question. In November of 2018, it is believed that high tension power lines (which carry electricity out of the canyon) sparked the devastating Camp Fire. Many have questioned whether PG&E's operations are worth the risk of wildfire. In this shot, water cascades over the Rock Creek Diversion Dam as a 5,155' Canyon Crawler grinds eastbound up the Feather River Route. Heavy snow and rain have turned the typically docile waters of the Feather River into a raging torrent.
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