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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Meetings cover pumped storage project


Lou Marzeles

PLANTING THE SEEDS: Nate Sandvig of MWH Global points to a chart at the meeting last Tuesday morning to take first looks at the pumped storage project being considered near the former Goldendale aluminum plant. Tours of the three proposed storage tank locations were conducted. Some 40 people were on hand for this initial presentation.

Nobody can accuse Klickitat PUD of failing to dream big. And nowhere was that more evident than last Tuesday when a large crowd packed the Klickitat PUD meeting room to hear the latest on the John Day Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project. The concept is simple, the scale is enormous.

"In its simplest terms," Commissioner Randy Knowles told the crowd, "you have two bodies of water with an elevation differential. In times when energy is inexpensive, you pump the water uphill and store it. At times when energy has high value, you flow it down and sell it into the system, and there's a margin between the two."

Historically, that's how pump storage projects have been operated. It's not a new i...

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