Pumped Storage, the Environment and Mitigation

by Peter L. Strauss, Bechtel Corp, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


The privately financed 1,000 MW Rocky Point Pumped Storage Project located in central Colorado, USA, will be one of the world's highest head, 2,350 feet (716 m), reversible pump/turbine projects. The project will offer an economical supply of peaking power and spinning reserve power to Colorado and other southwestern states. This paper describes how the project will be made compatible with the environmental conditions in the project area and the type of terrestrial mitigation measures that are being proposed for those situations where the project impacts the environment, either temporarily or permanently.

Subject Headings: Energy storage | Mitigation and remediation | Hydro power | Power transmission lines | Water resources | Water storage | Private sector | Economic factors | Colorado | United States

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