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    1. UK Urged to Boost Hydro Storage

      UK Urged to Boost Hydro Storage

      The UK and Scottish governments have been urged to set up a new body to examine the potential of hydroelectric pumped storage to boost energy security. Trade body Scottish Renewables said Westminster and Holyrood need to “join forces to drive forward the only electricity storage technology which can operate on a commercial scale”. Initial plans are in place for investment in new and upgraded schemes in Scotland that could unlock more than £1bn of investment and create several hundred jobs during construction and operation. 

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    2. Planning Begins on Northern California Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Project

      Planning Begins on Northern California Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Project

      GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation's leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced today that it is providing certain Owner's Engineer services for the proposed Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Iowa Hill Pumped-Storage Development project. GEI is pleased to be a member of the Jacobs Associates team for the project. SMUD recently awarded the Jacobs Associates team the Owner's Engineer services contract for preliminary design and construction services on their proposed Iowa Hill Pumped-Storage Project. If constructed, Iowa Hill would be a 400 megawatt pumped storage hydroelectric facility. GEI will lead the design of the 6,400 acre-foot upper reservoir, a lined impoundment that will be formed by an earth- and rock-fill dam with a maximum height of more than 200 feet and a crest length of 5,900 feet.

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      Mentions: CA Iowa FERC
    3. Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Is Truly Beneficial

      Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Is Truly Beneficial

      Pumped-storage hydroelectricity power plants account for 2.5 percent of global installed energy capacity and 99 percent of total storage facility capacity. This is the most competitive and reliable way of storing electricity, enabling an efficient use of energy surplus and the returning of large amounts of energy back onto the grid.

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      Mentions: Italy Europe Spain
    4. Study Examines Future of Pumped Storage Systems

      Study Examines Future of Pumped Storage Systems

      A new study of Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen University) about the future role of pumped storage power systems in Germany, commissioned by Voith Hydro, was presented in Berlin. Within the context of the energy transition, the scientists of RWTH examined the role of pumped storage power plants, i. e. large power stores, for two scenarios: one for the year 2030 with a 60% share of renewable energies in power generation, and one for the year 2050 with a share of 80%.

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    5. US to Canada Wind Storage Transmission Line Plans Submitted

      US to Canada Wind Storage Transmission Line Plans Submitted

      The 500kV Great Northern Transmission Line would cross the Minnesota-Manitoba border carrying power from wind into Canada for storage through pumped hydro. Power will then be transported along the 350-kilometre route back into the US at times of high demand to an electric substation on the Mesabi Iron Range in the north of the country. Minnesota Power has submitted its plans to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for approval and also applied for a presidential permit from the US Department of Energy.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Minnesota
    6. Sony and Hydro-Quebec Announce the Establishment of a Joint Venture to Start Development of a Large-Scale Energy Storage Systems

      Sony and Hydro-Quebec Announce the Establishment of a Joint Venture to Start Development of a Large-Scale Energy Storage Systems

      Sony Corporation and Hydro-Quebec today announced that they have agreed to establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Sony and Hydro-Quebec plan to establish the new company in June, 2014. Forecasts indicate that demand for large-scale energy storage systems will increase in the future, to meet high level demand for electric power during peak times, stabilize fluctuations in electricity generated by renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power that are gaining traction, and secure a stable power supply in case of outages or disasters. Furthermore, the energy storage system for such power supplies must be highly safe and reliable due to the need for an efficient and stable source of high capacity power.

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    7. Global Warming Mitigation Gets Help From Energy Storage Technologies

      Global Warming Mitigation Gets Help From Energy Storage Technologies

      Renewable energy is on the rise while utility providers are required to either reduce carbon dioxide emissions or to increase their percentage of renewable energy sources. One of the major issues hindering this rise is to overcome the intermittent nature of renewable energy such as solar and wind, as the sun is not shinning at night and wind tends to be strongest during night. Mechanisms to store surplus energy to meet the continuous demand throughout the day and to meet the peak load demands are critical for a robust and vibrant renewable energy development. Popular methods to achieve this are Pumped-Storage Hydropower (PSH) system and Compressed-Air Energy Storage (CAES). A new method, Pumped-Heat Electricity Storage (PHES) system, is catching on to further the energy storage technologies in helping mitigate the global warming.

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      Mentions: CA DoE Denmark
    8. From Mines to Megawatts: The Promise of 'Conflict-Free Big Solar'

      From Mines to Megawatts: The Promise of 'Conflict-Free Big Solar'

      Arizona startup Green Energy Storage wants to transform an abandoned open-pit copper mine 45 miles south of Phoenix into a large-scale solar power and pumped-hydro storage facility. Although still in the early days of development, the project, first pitched to federal energy regulators two weeks ago, could become a model for conflict-free Big Solar.

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      Mentions: CA PA DoE
    9. Developer Files Storage, Solar Power Project Application with FERC

      Developer Files Storage, Solar Power Project Application with FERC

      Green Energy Storage Corp. filed for a preliminary permit for the proposed Sacaton Pumped-Storage Project in Arizona, which would include hydroelectric and solar power. Green Energy filed for the permit on Monday through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The permit would allow the company to maintain an application for a license under Part I of the Federal Power Act, while obtaining the data and feasibility of the project. The project will consist of a 150-MW closed-loop pumped storage facility and a 100-MW solar power plant.

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      Mentions: Arizona FERC
    10. How One Island Is Using A Hybrid Hydro-Wind System

      How One Island Is Using A Hybrid Hydro-Wind System

      Islands confront some of the most difficult energy challenges. Their size and remoteness means they pay extremely high energy costs for often unreliable and dirty energy. Yet many islands are blessed with large amounts of sun, wind, and water, making renewable energy a promising solution. One small island off the coast of Africa has embraced these resources, most notably through an innovative hybrid hydro-wind system.

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      Mentions: U.S. Africa Spain
    11. SEPTA Advances Energy Efficiency Goals with Unique Hybrid Energy Storage System from ABB

      SEPTA Advances Energy Efficiency Goals with Unique Hybrid Energy Storage System from ABB

      ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has been awarded a new contract by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) to install a second ENVILINETM energy storage and recovery system for DC rail transportation. The system will be ABB's second on SEPTA property. he second system will incorporate a "hybrid" approach to energy storage, enabling SEPTA to recover train braking energy to reduce the electricity consumption, while simultaneously generating revenues by participating in ancillary (micro-grid) services of the local Regional Transmission Organization (RTO). The system will be installed at the Griscom Substation, located on SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line, its most heavily traveled route.

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      Mentions: PA U.S. ABB
    12. Alstom To Build Israeli Hydro Storage Power Plant

      Alstom To Build Israeli Hydro Storage Power Plant

      Alstom announced on Thursday that it had signed two separate contracts to supply two pump-turbines for the 300 MW Gilboa pumped storage power plant in Israel. The company will provide two 150 MW pump-turbines “with the associated balance of plant equipment” as well as Alstom’s Distributed Control System, alongside an 18 year operation & maintenance agreement. The power station will be located 60 kilometres east of Haifa, and is expected to be commissioned in 2018. Upon completion, the power plant will increase the country’s installed power generating capacity by 2.5%.

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    13. Scottish Energy Ministry Approves 600-MW Choire Ghlais Pumped-Storage Project

      Scottish Energy Ministry Approves 600-MW Choire Ghlais Pumped-Storage Project

      Plans for the 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage hydropower project have been given the go-ahead by Scottish Minister of Energy Fergus Ewing, opening the door for a plant that could eventually supply as much as 10% of the country's peak electricity demand. Developer Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Renewables announced it had gained unanimous support for Choire Ghlais (also called "Coire Glas") from the Scottish Highland Council in November 2012 after filing an application seeking government approval in February of that year.

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    14. For Minnesota Utility, Wind Backed by Hydro is 'Holy Grail'

      For Minnesota Utility, Wind Backed by Hydro is 'Holy Grail'

      Norway has been called the “battery” of northern Europe because of its huge potential to store energy in its hydro power facilities, which produce virtually all of the country’s electricity. When generation ramps up at Danish wind farms, Norway can slow production at its hydro facilities, storing water in reservoirs to be released later when electricity is in shorter supply.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Norway
    15. Pumped-Storage Hydropower Projects Attractive Means of Storing Excess Energy

      Pumped-Storage Hydropower Projects Attractive Means of Storing Excess Energy

      Pumped-storage hydropower projects may be the best means of storing solar and wind energy on the electrical grid, according to a paper published recently by Stanford University researchers. The study, titled, "The energetic implications of curtailing versus storing solar- and wind-generated electricity", examines various options in dealing with excess power produced by intermittent renewables and the cost effectiveness of energy storage systems.

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    16. Potential for Underground Seasonal Energy Storage in Southern Ontario

      Potential for Underground Seasonal Energy Storage in Southern Ontario

      While Ontario has for decades been North America's largest electrical utility, it has often been plagued by political controversy. Many an elected official has used the utility as a means by which to achieve a political agenda. Ongoing political agendas have left the utility saddled with massive debt. The utility's most recent debacle involves paying outside utilities to take delivery of Ontario's excess generating capacity. Analysts advise that it is cheaper to pay outsiders to take Ontario's excess off-peak electric power than the cost involved of shutting down or reducing output from the nuclear power stations.

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      Mentions: Ontario MIT MI
    17. Congress Passes Two Hydropower Bills (affect pumped storage)

      Congress Passes Two Hydropower Bills (affect pumped storage)

      Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (“HERA”) also requires FERC to study the possibility of creating a two-year license process for closed-loop pumped storage projects at non-power dams. Similarly, it requires DOE to study the technical feasibility of retrofitting pumped storage facilities to generate renewable power intermittently within one year.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. OR
    18. Pumped hydro energy storage – making better use of wind (Australia)

      Pumped hydro energy storage – making better use of wind (Australia)

      A joint study by the engineering and consulting company Arup and the University of Melbourne Energy Institute is looking at one possible solution (to the integration of renewable sources) ... Electricity system operators and investors could use pumped hydro energy storage to complement the growing deployment of renewable energy. 

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      Mentions: Australia
    19. Hydropower (Large, Small and Pumped Storage) in Russia, Market Outlook to 2025, 2013

      Hydropower (Large, Small and Pumped Storage) in Russia, Market Outlook to 2025, 2013

      "Hydropower (Large, Small and Pumped Storage) in Russia, Market Outlook to 2025, 2013 Update - Capacity, Generation, Regulations and Company Profiles" is the latest report from GlobalData, the industry analysis specialists that offer comprehensive information and understanding of the hydropower market in Russia.

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