The $1 billion closed loop Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project, which previously secured construction and operation permits from FERC, is designed to help integrate more renewable energy onto the Pacific Northwest electrical grid and could start work in 2020.
GE Renewable Energy will supply the pump and turbine equipment for the project.
(Source: Absaroka Energy, AP, Utility Dive, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Absaroka Energy, Carl Borgquist
President and CEO, Eli Bailey, VP Bus. Dev., 406-585-3006, www.absarokaenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Absaroka Energy, Pumped Energy Storage, Energy Storage,
Snowy 2.0, a pumped-storage hydro expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme, will provide as much as 2,000 MW of on-demand electric power generation and 350,000 MWh of large-scale energy storage at an expected cost of $4.5 billion.
Snowy Hydro owns and operates about 5,500 MW of generation capacity, including the Snowy Mountains scheme in Australia.
(Source: Snowy Hydro Ltd., Hydro World, 12 Dec., 2018)
Contact: Snowy Hydro, + 61 2 6453 2888, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.snowyhydro.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro, Hydro Energy Storage, Pumped Energy Storage,
Determining the value of PSH under these changing grid conditions is a significant challenge that requires new modeling tools and analysis. These studies will provide PSH developers with improved capabilities to estimate the value of a proposed PSH project and compare financial revenue streams under current market structures relative to the economic value of PSH projects to the grid.
The techno-economic studies for the two selected projects will be carried out by a Technical Assistance team comprising subject matter experts from the following DOE national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The studies will support a larger multi-year research strategy to define the capabilities and estimate the value that hydropower and PSH resources contribute to electric grid resilience and reliability and how those contributions could be optimized for a rapidly evolving grid.
The Technical Assistance team has developed draft guidance -- a step-by-step methodology that can be used by PSH developers, plant owners and operators, and other stakeholders to assess the economic value of existing or planned PSH projects. The methodology will be applied at the two sites below to evaluate and demonstrate the potential economic and financial value of the proposed projects. Through these studies, the team will test and refine the valuation guidance, after which the guidance and valuation tools will be made publicly available for use by the hydropower industry.
GridAmerica Holdings' proposed Goldendale project would be located on the border of Oregon and Washington at the northern terminus of the Pacific AC and DC intertie transmission lines. This project, if constructed, could facilitate the storage and export of the growing amount of wind energy available in the Northwest to nearby states.
Absaroka Energy's proposed Banner Mountain project in central Wyoming along the proposed route of the Energy Gateway West 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which would enable it to serve additional areas in the western and southwestern U.S.. Banner Mountain would be a closed-loop facility that would include three ternary units -- a PSH technology that enables rapid switching between generating and pumping modes -- for a total capacity of 400 MW.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy supports research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. economic growth, energy security, and environmental quality. (Source: US DOE, Dec., 2018) Contact: EERE Water Power Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/notice-opportunity-technical-assistance-techno-economic-studies-pumped-storage; OEERE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage, Pumped Energy STorage,
The Hoover Dam water load currently functions at about 20 pct of its full capacity. Research committees are presently evaluating the environmental and infrastructural impacts of the project. If approved, the LADWP hopes to complete the project by 2028.
Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.(Source: LADWP Good News Network, 16 Sept., 2018)
Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com; Hoover Dam, www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Energy Storage, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Pumped Energy Storage Renewable Energy, Energy Storage,
In March, FERC issued a preliminary permit to the two developers for a feasibility study of the project which would be developed in collaboration with the Klickitat PUD. (Source: Herald-Republic, SF Gate, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Klickitat PUD, (509)493-2255, www.klickitatpud.com; Rye Development LLC, (617) 804-1326, www.ryedevelopment.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Energy Storage, National Grid,
During the period 2018-2035, EDF plans to invest €8 billion to develop 10GW of additional energy storage worldwide on top of its existing 5GW capacity.
The company is also increasing its energy storage research and development capabilities with an investment of €70 million for the 2018-2020 period, according to a release.
(Source: EDF SA, PR, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: EDF SA, www.edf.fr
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF, Energy Storage,
Stored hydropower reportedly accounts for the biggest share of the world's operational electricity storage. Pumped-storage facilities integrate well with irregular renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power as water is stored when excess energy is produced.
(Source: DEWA, PR, Dubai Media Office, 16 Jan., 2018)
Contact: DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority , Pumped Energy Storage, Energy Storage,
The $1 billion energy storage project will assist in grid management and deliver 500MW of mid-merit and peak energy to the Philippine power market. The project is slated to begin construction by the end of 2017 for commissioning in early 2022. (Source: OPVI, Renewables News, 14 July, 2017) Contact: Equis Energy, http://equisenergy.com; Power Construction Corporation of China, en.powerchina.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Energy Storage,