New Opportunities for Pumped Storage Projects

by Ronald O. Nichols, Water Resource Evaluation for, Resource Management Int Inc, Sacramento, CA, USA,
Robert F. Young, Water Resource Evaluation for, Resource Management Int Inc, Sacramento, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87

Abstract: A variety of design, economic, power supply, and environmental factors are combining which will bring a resurgence to the interest in developing pumped storage projects in the early 1990's in certain regions of the country. This paper describes the likely suitability of pumped storage facilities in the 50 to 300 MW range to meet the capacity requirements of utilities seeking capacity additions in this range. A case study of a 120 MW pumped storage project in California scheduled for completion in the mid-1990's is presented in this paper with an explanation of how the above factors contributed to the owner's decision to pursue the project.

Subject Headings: Energy storage | Waste storage | Power plants | Economic factors | Hydro power | Power supply | Environmental issues | North America | California | United States

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