US sub-committee proposal to increase pumped storage opportunities

US sub-committee proposal to increase pumped storage opportunities

A bill entitled the Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act was heard by a US legislative sub-committee last week.  If approved this bill could stimulate non-federal development of pumped storage hydropower using reservoirs under the control of the Bureau of Reclamation in the 17 western states.
This bill would amend the 1939 Reclamation Project Act to remove ambiguity by making it clear that pumped hydro using multiple reservoirs is encouraged.  This would empower state, local and regional leaders to develop pumped hydro projects using reservoirs under federal control.
The US Bureau of Reclamation was established in 1902 and is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.
Reclamation is the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States. Their 53 powerplants annually provide more than 40,000 gigawatt hours of electricity. This is almost enough to power the entire state of Queensland which has an annual demand of around 50,000 gigawatthrs.
Nepal pumped hydro project at Tanahu

Nepal pumped hydro project at Tanahu

Engineering firm Lahmeyer International GmbH and sub-consultant Manitoba Hydro International have been awarded a contract by Tanahu Hydropower Ltd. to provide a number of services associated with the development of the 140-MW Tanahu pumped-storage project in Nepal.

Possibilities in centuries old mine in Adirondacks, New York

Possibilities in centuries old mine in Adirondacks, New York

In this Dec. 8, 2016 photo, Steve Burke and Jim Besha of Albany Engineering Corp. stand at the site of an abandoned iron mine in the Adirondacks, in Mineville, N.Y., where they’re seeking a federal permit to build an underground hydroelectric pumped storage project. The hills behind them are “tailings” leftover from crushing ore to extract iron from the mine that closed in 1971. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)
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Duke Energy Plans Bad Creek Expansion

Duke Energy Plans Bad Creek Expansion

Duke Energy announced plans to expand its 1,065-MW Bad Creek pumped storage project by 200 MW, with an anticipated completion date of 2023.

This upgrade was included in the Duke Energy Carolinas Integrated Resources Plan that was filed Sept. 1. The company plans to file a license amendment for this work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2017.

Work to increase capacity will involve installing a more efficient and powerful pump-turbine, a new generator and higher-rated generator output circuit breakers.

Read more at Hydro world.