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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.

German utility orders runners for 80-MW Wendefurth pumped-storage

11/13/2007 Vattenfall Europe Generation AG has awarded a contract for supply of two spare turbine runners for the 80-MW Wendefurth pumped-storage project in Germany's Saxony-Anhalt State.

Improving Cooling Water Systems with Innovative Materials

11/01/2007 Within five years after commissioning of the 500-mw Wivenhoe pumped-storage plant, staff began experiencing problems related to corrosion in the cooling water pipes.

FERC certifies production tax credit for 452-MW Seneca Pumped- Storage

10/22/2007 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has certified incremental generation at the 451.8-MW Seneca Pumped-Storage project to be eligible for renewable energy production tax credits.

FERC staff supports proposed 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage

09/25/2007 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff says building the 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage development proposed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District would be in the public's interest and provide the California utility flexibility to help meet peak power needs.

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