John Flesher writes in AP News on pumped storage and hydropower in the U.S.
- Hydropower and pumped storage are effective sources of renewable energy.
- The permitting process for hydropower plants in the United States is complex and expensive.
- Engineers in Australia have identified 32,000 “possibly feasibly” pumped storage sites in the United States.
- To accelerate the deployment of all clean energy sources, the United States must simplify its permitting and review process.
“Three projects have obtained licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but none are being built. Developers of a long-planned Oregon facility expect work to begin in 2023. A Montana company that got a license five years ago needs a utility to operate the plant and buy its storage capacity before construction starts.”
Read the full article here.