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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Group meets to examine planned pumped storage project

THE SITE: The planned project would build two enormous ponds, one where the aluminum plant was and the other on top of the cliffs overlooking it. Water from the lower pond would be pumped up to the higher one, then released when needed to generate energy.


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MASSIVE PROJECT: Above, the proposed pumped storage project would be located on the remains of the aluminum plant and at the top of the cliffs overlooking it.

A representative of the British government, three U.S senators, a U.S. congresswoman, personnel from the governor's office and Washington State departments, a full complement of district legislators, commissioners from two counties, and an assortment of highly interested parties met last Tuesday to hear about and provide input on a planned pumped storage energy project for Klickitat County.

The project, with the potential to prime the economic engine of the eastern Gorge, looked a lot closer to reality after the meeting. That project, on the site of the former Golden Northwest Aluminum smelter, has been a long-held goal of the Klickitat PUD. Recently, it has attracted the attention of maj...

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