Paul Kitagaki Jr./ pkitagaki@sacbee.com

A sparse amount of snow surrounds the powerhouse at the base of the Union Valley dam in El Dorado County last week. The drought is affecting hydroelectric supplies – usually about 15 percent of the state’s total. SMUD and other electric utilities are scrambling to put contingencies in place, and while it appears the state will get through the peak summer season, utility executives are praying for rain like everyone else.

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