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Brief -- California Drought Conditions

Two years have seen a dramatic reversal of California's water levels as state officials said snowpack statewide is at 158% of normal, compared to a near-zero measurement on the first day of spring in 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday. "Although the drought emergency declared in January 2014 is still in place, drought conditions have noticeably improved, and the northern half of the state is no longer classified in any stage of drought severity," EIA said. California grid officials plan to release hydropower projections in April. State energy officials also have indicated that natural gas-fired generation is expected to decline after remaining at about 60% for the past five years, but some of that drop relates to continued improvements in efficiency at gas-fired generation plants, the California Energy Commission said.

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