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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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Sticky Wickets: Modifying Operation of a Pumped-Storage Project

12/05/2014

Installation of two pumped-storage turbines at Salt River Project's (SRP) Mormon Flat and Horse Mesa pumped-storage powerhouses increased each facility's generating capacity and efficiency but resulted in rough operation when the units were run too far off their best efficiency point (BEP).

A (Potentially) Bright Future for Pumped Storage in the U.S.

12/05/2014

There is a lot of potential for pumped-storage development in the U.S. What will it take to get construction of this valuable generating resource moving forward again?

Owner of Welsh pumped-storage hydroelectric plant seeks to increase capacity by 50 MW

12/04/2014

Internal stakeholders for the US$155.5 million Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage hydroelectric plant have sent a revised request to the UK Planning Inspectorate to increase output of the powerhouse by 50 MW. 

Morocco extends deadline to pre-qualify for 350-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage

12/01/2014

Morocco utility Office National de l'Electricite et de l'Eau Potable (ONEE) has extended the deadline of applications for pre-qualification for turnkey construction of the 350-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage project on Morocco's Issen River (Oued Issen). Responses now are due December 19. 

KIUC gets go-ahead for 25-MW Hawaiian pumped-storage proposal

11/18/2014

Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources has given its unanimous approval in principal to the Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) for a 25 MW pumped-storage hydropower project on the island's west side.

Chris Schleicher: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

11/18/2014

Chris Schleicher will graduate this fall with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. Chris graduated Cum Laude at York College of Pennsylvania with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, and completed a MS in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University in 2012.

Morocco pre-qualifies builders for 350-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage

11/17/2014

Morocco utility Office National de l'Electricite et de l'Eau Potable (ONEE) invites applications for pre-qualification for turnkey construction of the 350-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage project on Morocco's Issen River (Oued Issen).

RusHydro, Chinese conglomerates sign deals for conventional, pumped-storage development

11/10/2014

Energy giant RusHydro has announced the signing of two agreements with Chinese businesses that could lead to the development of five hydroelectric power projects in Russia.

NYPA gets hydro equipment delivery for Blenheim-Gilboa, announces upgraded credit rating

11/07/2014

Two generator step-up transformers for New York Power Authority’s 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project reached the plant after the last leg of their journey from where they were manufactured overseas, the authority reports.

Alstom to outfit China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong pumped-storage plant

11/03/2014

The Hainan Pumped Storage Power Generation Co. Ltd. awarded a US$71.14 million contract to Alstom to equip China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong pumped-storage hydropower plant.

Keith Martin: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

10/27/2014

The Hydro Research Foundation is actively supporting graduate students to conduct research related to conventional and pumped storage hydropower.  These students are funded through the Department of Energy’s Water Power Program and industry partners through a five year US$3.7 million dollar grant.

FERC orders renew plans for pumped storage in California, Ohio

10/16/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled in two pumped-storage project cases, allowing one preliminary permit holder to refile to study a California project, and issuing a new permit for another project in Ohio.

U.S. seeks impeller replacements, stator rewinds at 314-MW Keys Pump-Generating hydro plant

09/30/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to supply impeller replacements and stator rewinds at the 314-MW John W. Keys III Pump-Generating plant at Grand Coulee Dam.

Wales developer wins funding for initial work at 49.4-MW Glyn Rhonwy Pumped-Storage

09/29/2014

Wales developer Quarry Battery Co. announced its Snowdonia Pumped Hydro unit has received 3 million pounds (US$4.8 million) in private funding for initial work at the 49.9-MW Glyn Rhonwy Pumped-Storage project near Llanberis in Wales.

How Advanced Pumped-Storage Technologies Contribute to the System

09/26/2014

Pumped-storage technologies are ideally suited to support integration of variable renewables.

RusHydro completes stabilization work on 840-MW Zagorskaya 2 pumped-storage plant

09/24/2014

Russian energy giant JSC RusHydro has completed stabilization work on the Zagorskaya 2 pumped-storage plant.

Voith wins award for Lam Ta Khong pumped-storage plant expansion

09/19/2014

The Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand has awarded a contract worth US$64.3 million to Voith Hydro to supply electro-mechanical equipment for an expansion of the 500-MW Lam Ta Khong pumped-storage hydropower plant.

Bank seeks study update of proposed 680-MW Bistrica Pumped-Storage project

09/03/2014

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform updated market and financial studies for the 680-MW Bistrica Pumped-Storage project proposed for Serbia's Uvac River.

Duke files to relicense 876.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydro project

08/28/2014

Duke Energy filed an application Aug. 27 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to relicense its 867.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydroelectric project in South Carolina and North Carolina.

FERC licenses 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage as part of California hydro project

08/20/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authorized construction of the 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage development as part of relicensing the 637.3-MW Upper American River hydroelectric project in California.

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