project should be for water storage
Why is the Swan Lake
North Pumped Storage Project being proposed? Not a single
watt of energy will be created, but it will lose power due
This project will buy
power during abundant, cheaper power generation times
(sunny, windy, cool) to pump water to the upper reservoir.
It will generate power during high demand, costly times
(nighttime, cloudy, no wind, hot) by running water to the
Since power must be
used instantly when created, and windmills and solar panels
create extra power, the generators in dams are often shut
down during sunny, windy times. The project will capture
this wasted water power bypassing the dams. The real reason
for the project is sporadic, expensive, renewable energy.
The project is here because of its proximity to the Malin
PBA substation, the grid connection.
Selling the additional
power to the grid during shortages, combined with price
increases during high demand, will pay for the project.
Smart meters can record power use each minute so consumers
could be charged with varying prices throughout the day.
If such a project is
in our future, let us ask for something bigger that will
benefit the Basin. We desperately need more water storage to
satisfy the needs of agriculture and the tribes. A larger,
elevated basin (Long Lake Valley?) could have water pumped
into it in the wet season and low cost power times. The
reservoir water could run generators during power shortages
and provide for agricultural irrigation during the summer.
Demand that this
project become a solution for the Basinís water needs in
addition to power storage. The perfect example is Banks Lake
connected to the Grand Coulee Dam. It is used for power
storage from the Columbia River and irrigates the Columbia
Tim Plass, Merrill,
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