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By Brittany Allen
For The Sentinel 

Pumped storage project on hold

 


A planned project for using an enormous pumped storage facility in Klickitat County to generate power has come to a standstill, at least for the moment.

Pumped storage as a source of hydroelectric energy is not a new concept, but it has been about 20 years since the last facility was built. Klickitat Public Utility District (KPUD) is looking to change that. For a number of years now, the KPUD, along with Klickitat and Sherman counties, has been trying to get what is referred to as the John Day Pool Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project off of the drawing board and into the area’s renewable energy system. The proposed facility would be located near the site of the old aluminum plant.

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