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By Lou Marzeles

Proposed PUD project holds meetings

Five-year plan to build hydroelectric project could bring new jobs


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HUGE NEW PROJECT: The proposed John Day Pool Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project would have three reservoirs. Two on the hills above the old aluminum plant would gravity-feed to the lower one adjacent to where the plant once stood.

The Klickitat PUD (KPUD) thinks water is just too lazy, just lying there. At best, it seems, you can make it run through a dam and generate electricity. But why not really make water go to work?

If KPUD can bring an ambitious new project to completion, water will work on a hugely prodigious scale, the likes of which have rarely been seen anywhere. And indications are that KPUD just could pull it off.

It has the colorless title John Day Pool Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project. The name seems to match the scale of what it wants to do.

Essentially the project will pump water uphill into gigantic reservoirs when power is plentiful. Then, when power is somewhat depleted, the water can be rel...

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