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Title: The miniboom in pumped storage

Abstract

A growing need b electric utilities for peaking capacity combined with their reluctance to invest in major new power plants has triggered significant interest in the independent development of pumped storage hydroelectric facilities. Moreover, several developers have added a new twist to a well-established technology by formulating self-contained projects that avoid using natural water courses and thus minimize challenges over environmental impacts. Most prospective pumped storage projects are still in the early formulative stages. Four projects, however, have advanced to the point of having their applications for license under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), while one other project has recently resumed construction after a lengthy delay. If successfully completed, these five projects would add a minimum of 5,300 MW of energy storage capacity by the mid-to-late 1990s. The paper describes the following projects: the 760 MW Rocky Mountain project near Rome, Georgia; the 1500 MW Summit Energy Storage Project neat Akron, Ohio; 200 MW Mt. Hope project in Rockaway Township, New Jersey; 100 MW Rocky Point project neat Colorado Springs, Colorado; and a 100 MW project in Redding, California. Several projects still on the drawing board are briefly described. Also discussed is the technology of the self-containedmore » pumped storage approach.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5489599
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Independent Energy; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 20:3; Journal ID: ISSN 1043-7320
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; CALIFORNIA; PUMPED STORAGE POWER PLANTS; COLORADO; GEORGIA; NEW JERSEY; OHIO; DESIGN; CAPACITY; CONSTRUCTION; CONTAINMENT; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; ECONOMICS; ENGINEERING; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; LICENSING; LOAD MANAGEMENT; MODULAR STRUCTURES; OWNERSHIP; PEAK LOAD; PLANNING; SIZE; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; US FERC; WATER RESOURCES; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; FEDERAL REGION II; FEDERAL REGION IV; FEDERAL REGION IX; FEDERAL REGION V; FEDERAL REGION VIII; HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS; MANAGEMENT; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; NORTH AMERICA; PEAKING POWER PLANTS; POWER PLANTS; RESOURCES; US DOE; US ORGANIZATIONS; USA; 130300* - Hydro Energy- Plant Design & Operation

Citation Formats

Hocker, C. The miniboom in pumped storage. United States: N. p., 1990. Web.
Hocker, C. The miniboom in pumped storage. United States.
Hocker, C. Thu . "The miniboom in pumped storage". United States.
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abstractNote = {A growing need b electric utilities for peaking capacity combined with their reluctance to invest in major new power plants has triggered significant interest in the independent development of pumped storage hydroelectric facilities. Moreover, several developers have added a new twist to a well-established technology by formulating self-contained projects that avoid using natural water courses and thus minimize challenges over environmental impacts. Most prospective pumped storage projects are still in the early formulative stages. Four projects, however, have advanced to the point of having their applications for license under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), while one other project has recently resumed construction after a lengthy delay. If successfully completed, these five projects would add a minimum of 5,300 MW of energy storage capacity by the mid-to-late 1990s. The paper describes the following projects: the 760 MW Rocky Mountain project near Rome, Georgia; the 1500 MW Summit Energy Storage Project neat Akron, Ohio; 200 MW Mt. Hope project in Rockaway Township, New Jersey; 100 MW Rocky Point project neat Colorado Springs, Colorado; and a 100 MW project in Redding, California. Several projects still on the drawing board are briefly described. Also discussed is the technology of the self-contained pumped storage approach.},
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journal = {Independent Energy; (United States)},
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volume = 20:3,
place = {United States},
year = {1990},
month = {3}
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