Pumped Storage Hydro

The 300-MW Mount Gilboa Pumped Storage project in Israel has begun commercial operations, according to a LinkedIn post from G.H. Development. The US$500 million project is located 60 km east of Haifa. It generates 3,000 MWh of electricity annually and took five years to construct. According to Electra, the project was established by a special...
Pumped Storage Hydro

LS Power Equity Advisors, LLC has signed definitive agreements to acquire the 420-MW Yards Creek Power Station, a pumped storage hydro facility in New Jersey. This acquisition involves two counterparties, according to a press release. LS Power anticipates closing on the first 50% undivided interest from PSEG Fossil LLC in the second half of 2020,...
Pumped Storage Hydro

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new report as part of its HydroWIRES initiative: A Comparison of the Environmental Effects of Open-Loop and Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower. This report examines available information (literature and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses) to provide a relative comparison of the potential impacts to aquatic and terrestrial resources...
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary permit to Gridflex Energy LLC to study the feasibility of 600-MW Sweetwater Pumped Storage Project in San Juan County, New Mexico. The proposed Sweetwater project would consist of a new upper and lower reservoir occupying the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation and Bureau of Land Management Land....
Jobs and People

Hydropower is the backbone of Hydro Tasmania’s electric system and is the generating technology on which Tasmania was founded. In this executive interview, CEO Steve Davy discusses the future of this generating technology for his company. Steve Davy is chief executive officer of Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest hydro company by volume of electricity generated, with...
Pumped Storage Hydro

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $951,000 to Oven Mountain Pumped Storage Pty Ltd (OMPS) to undertake a study analyzing the benefits pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) would have on the development of the New England Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) in northern New South Wales. OMPS will investigate how its proposed 600-MW Oven...
Business

Axpo reports the Canton of Glarus in Switzerland has approved the construction of a 2-MW solar plant on Muttsee Dam, which impounds water for the 1,000-MW Limmern pumped storage plant The Glarus South municipality and Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) were also involved in the approval procedure and have approved the project. Axpo says...