FERC seeks input on app for 150-MW Nevada hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said June 9 that it is taking 60 days of comment on an April application from Green Energy Storage for a preliminary permit on a 150-MW pumped storage hydro project in Nevada.

The permit, if issued, would give the company three years of exclusivity to look at the feasibility of the Weed Heights Pumped Storage Project near Yerington, Nev.

The proposed 150-MW closed loop pumped storage project would use the 775 feet of available head between a new upper reservoir and an existing open pit mine that would constitute the lower reservoir. The project would include: two 75-MW pump/turbines; a 2,700-foot-long, 16-foot-diameter draft tube, extending from the turbines to the lower reservoir; and a new 120-kV transmission line extending about 7 miles from a new substation to an existing 120-kV line owned by Sierra Pacific Power. Estimated average annual energy production would be 400 gigawatt hours.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications  (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the June 9 notice.

The applicant contact is: Charles Gresham, Green Energy Storage, 14747 N 87th Ln, Peoria, AZ 85381, Telephone (602) 478-9161.

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