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With its strength as a balancing asset for intermittent renewable facilities, pumped storage technology is enjoying a renaissance of interest. Learn about new development and rehabilitation.

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UPDATE - Lesotho power program includes 1,000-MW pumped-storage

02/09/2009 The government of Lesotho plans to recruit suppliers and consultants for an electricity supply program focusing on renewable energy including mini-hydropower projects, as well as study of a 1,000-MW pumped-storage project.

Developer pursues five 1,000-MW U.S. pumped-storage projects

02/05/2009 Canada-based developer Riverbank Power Corp. has applied for U.S. preliminary permits to study development of five 1,000-MW pumped-storage projects in New Jersey, Maine, and New York.

FERC grants study permit for 100-MW North Eden pumped-storage

01/07/2009 North Eden Hydro LLC is studying the feasibility of developing the 100-MW North Eden pumped-storage project in Rich County, Utah, near Bear Lake County, Idaho.

Snapshots of Pumped-Storage Projects

12/01/2008 Pumped-storage projects are being developed at a rapid pace. To illustrate this activity, HRW presents information about 13 pumped-storage projects under development.

Viewpoint: Pumped Storage: An Idea Whose Time Has Come ... Again


Pumped-storage facilities are a special class of hydroelectric facilities, the value of which increasingly is being recognized.

India utility seeks study of 600-MW Malshej Ghat pumped-storage

10/14/2008 Nuclear Power Corp. of India Ltd. seeks bids for preparation of a detailed project report on the 600-MW Malshej Ghat pumped-storage project planned for India's Maharashtra State.


09/01/2008 Important hydro news from throughout the world.

PG&E considers pumped-storage projects totaling 2,280 MW

08/05/2008 Pacific Gas &Electric Co. proposes to study the feasibility of two new pumped-storage projects totaling as much as 2,280 MW.

Raising San Vicente Dam: Why and How

08/01/2008 The San Diego County Water Authority is preparing to raise the 220-foot-high San Vicente Dam by as much as 117 feet.

New York restarts second unit at 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa


New York Power Authority announced June 3 it refurbished and returned to service a second unit at the 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped-Storage project.

Using Correlation Plots for Dam Safety Analysis

06/01/2008 Preparing correlation plots – which involve plotting two or more variables against each other rather than against time – is a useful way to analyze data collected by dam safety monitoring devices.

Slovenia firm seeks units for 400-MW Kozjak pumped-storage

05/27/2008 Hydro operator Dravske Elektrarne Maribor d.o.o. seeks bids for supply of pump-turbines and motor-generators for the 400-MW Kozjak pumped-storage project.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Hydro Development: A New Day

04/01/2008 In today’s environment of higher energy prices and incentives for clean energy, development of more than 75 hydro projects totaling 11,000 MW is being actively pursued in the U.S.

Morocco seeks construction of 412-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage

03/27/2008 Morocco utility Office National de l'Electricite invites expressions of interest in turnkey construction of the 412-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage project on Morocco's Issen River.

FERC EIS endorses new 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage

03/18/2008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a final environmental impact statement endorsing the relicensing of the 647.726-MW Upper American River project, including construction of a new 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage development.

Tech Notes

03/01/2008 Important hydro and dam safety technical news and study findings.

ICOLD 76th Annual Meeting: Focus on Dam Operations


Members of the International Commission on Large Dams meet in June in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the organization’s annual event.

India developer extends tendering for 1,000-MW Tehri pumped-storage

02/28/2008 Tehri Hydro Development Corp. Ltd. has extended tendering for engineering-procurement-construction of the 1,000-MW Tehri pumped-storage project on the Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand State.

New Brookfield Power unit pursues 36 new U.S. hydro projects


Hydropower operator Brookfield Power is expanding into the development of new hydro projects in 15 states with the creation of a new affiliate, BPUS Generation Development LLC.

Ideas in Action: Protection Module Prevents Emptying of Surge Tank at Pumped-Storage Plant

12/01/2007 The 220-mw Luenersee pumped-storage plant was built in Austria in the early 1950s, to produce electricity during the day when demand was high and to pump water back into the reservoir at night when rates were low.

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