Phased Pumped Storage Planning and Site Evaluation

by Charles M. Stover, Alabama Power Co, Birmingham, AL, USA,
David E. Miller, Alabama Power Co, Birmingham, AL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


A phase process of site evaluation provides for an efficient use of resources while supporting the necessary level of detailed investigation. This paper describes the phased siting process developed by Alabama Power Company from preliminary site identification through intensive geologic, hydrologic, and environmental studies. The direction of these studies was to maximize the use of intracompany expertise and resources through a project management approach, with individual departments functioning within existing organizational structure. The large amount of data collected and evaluated has produced a high level of confidence in identifying a viable site. Equally important, the expected time of construction has been reduced with an expected corresponding reduction in costs.

Subject Headings: Energy storage | Power plants | Site investigation | Hydro power | Pumping stations | Construction management | Environmental issues | Resource management | Alabama | United States

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