Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project

by S. Hale Lull,
Antonio Ferreira,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 2, Pg. 199-216

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project will be a source of economical peaking power for the New England area, which continues to be an area of high transportation and fuel costs. In addition to the project's capability to hydraulically store surplus power from conventional thermal and nuclear base load power sources, the 1,000,000 Kw facility will provide assured reserve (spinning reserve) capacity at extremely short notice. Emanating from this pumped storage project are accrual flexibilities in the form of multipurpose use which will provide optimum utilization of this project site. As well as providing a source of economic and instant power, the facilities encompass recreation and fish enhancement for public enjoyment. Further innovation utilizes the pumping and storage features to augment a major water supply system by diverting a portion of high freshet river flows which otherwise would be wasted.

Subject Headings: Waste storage | Energy storage | Thermal power | Water storage | Mountains | Economic factors | Nuclear power | Load bearing capacity | New England | United States

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