Officials in Klickitat County, Wash., are seeking public input on a proposed $2.5 billion project that seeks to store excess wind output via a network of reservoirs and a hydro-generator system. The state is currently crafting an environmental impact statement for the project.
RESB Murmurs: This is the second project we've covered this week involving pumped water acting as a power storage mechanism. It's interesting to see this process gaining traction as some of the energy traders RESB chats with think pumped hydro powered by renewables is a serious game-changer. -- Karen
Heavy rainfall made 2020 an excellent year for hydropower production on Alabama Power's grid. The utility operates 14 hydroelectric systems on 11 lakes in the state.
Taiwan expects to add 700 megawatts of installed offshore wind capacity this year as the nation looks to have renewables account for 20% of its annual generating capacity by 2025. That goal includes having an installed offshore wind capacity of 5.7 gigawatts by the same year.
A pigeon found in an Australian backyard and thought to be an unapproved immigrant from the United States is in fact an Australian bird with a counterfeit leg band. That's good news for the bird, who was to be destroyed as a biosecurity risk.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for energy workforce members who are essential to "keep the lights on in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic." "Those workers' duties can only be performed on-site, usually in close quarters, where full adherence to social distancing guidelines is impossible," the FERC commissioners wrote in a letter.
A Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative report shows that a nuclear power plant typically contributes at least $400 million a year to the local community, but those communities can experience "swift, severe, and lasting" socioeconomic challenges after a plant closes and is decommissioned. The report recommends that on a national level there should be "improved coordination of federal agencies focusing on additional research, efficient deployment of resources and the provision of planning assistance would be a demonstrable benefit to host communities."
Rita Baranwal, former assistant secretary for the Energy Department's Office of Nuclear Energy, has been named the new vice president of nuclear energy and chief nuclear officer for the Electric Power Research Institute. Baranwal, who resigned from the DOE last week, said she looks forward "to working with EPRI's incredibly talented team to find answers to pressing nuclear energy challenges during the clean energy transition."
Workers at the Department of Energy's Hanford Site in Washington have begun removing the last remaining nuclear waste in Tank AX-104 at the AX Tank Farm, restarting work that paused in August 2019. A deadline set by a federal court requires two more tanks to be emptied by the end of June, but an extension of at least eight months has been given due to a work slowdown related to the COVID-19 pandemic.