Update: Status of the JD Pool Pumped Storage Project

Public Utility District No. 1 of Klickitat County, Washington, is advancing development on its 1,200-MW JD Pool Pumped Storage Project on the Columbia River.

A six-month progress report submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 30, 2015, indicates that the PUD conducted a variety of activities, including:

— Submitting to FERC a Notice of Intent and Pre-Application Document on Oct. 31, 2014;

— Requesting and receiving approval from FERC to use the traditional licensing process;

— Holding consultations with numerous agencies and stakeholders;

— Preparing study plans in response to meetings and agency and public comments; and

— Working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to develop a scope of work for an economic/value assessment of pumped storage in the Pacific Northwest with a specific focus on the JD Pool project.

The project is attractive relative to other sites based on the high head of the site (more than 2,000 feet) and its favorable geology. The site is near significant high-voltage transmission and is on a brownfield site at the former Columbia Gorge Aluminum smelter.

The preliminary design concept project features include two upper reservoirs formed with cut/fill embankment dams and fully lined with concrete, along with a single larger lower reservoir. A pit-style surface powerhouse will contain four 300-MW reversible pump-turbine motor-generator units.

Klickitat PUD has secured water rights for the specific purpose of a pumped-storage facility and has a land lease.

As of February 2015, Klickitat PUD envisioned filing the FERC license application by the end of October 2015. The remainder of the schedule was:

2016: National Environmental Policy Act, FERC license issued, and geotechnical investigations

2017: FERC license issued, geotechnical investigations, and preliminary design (30%)

2018: Geotechnical investigations, preliminary design (30%), procurement, and equipment fabrication

2019: Geotechnical investigations, preliminary design (30%), procurement, detailed design (100%), and equipment fabrication

2020: Detailed design (100%), equipment fabrication, and construction

2021 and 2022: Equipment fabrication and construction

2023 and 2024: Construction and commissioning

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