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By Doug Garman

Do the storage project


To the Editor:

Regarding the pumped storage project: to me it is a project whose time has come. Add a little more vision and add irrigation capabilities. My only concern is the ground stability on the top of the cliffs. When wind generation can run, water can be pumped into the “lakes” above, spin turbines when needed as the water drops into the river, then again spin the turbines in John Day Dam. Not only will you get power once at no additional cost, but then one more time at no additional cost. These small lakes are “batteries” for AC power, power that cannot otherwise be stored. Irrigation could be from the “lakes” or as overflow into irrigation lakes—maybe on private pr...

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