ferc hydropower

Pumped Storage Hydro: Reliable Choice for the New Electric Storage Era

Pumped Storage Hydro Projects

The use of electric storage is a critical component to the integration of intermittent clean energy technologies on the electric grid. That being said, however, just mentioning Pumped Storage Hydro (PSH) to some stakeholders often unleashes a torrent of criticism of how its use adversely affects riverine and lake aquatic systems. Nevertheless, PSH deserves another look, especially the Closed-Loop variety which does not affect rivers and lakes. [node:read-more:link]

Hydropower Consulting

Corps Dam with no power

Russo on Energy LLC is an expert in FERC hydropower licensing of existing and proposed new projects. We work jointly GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc, who specialize in dam safety and analysis of dams. We specialize in advising project developers and financial investors on FERC's hydropower licensing process and assessing the risks of conventional and pumped storage projects.  We specialize in analyzing the following projects: 

  • Relicensing existing FERC hydropower projects
  • Licensing newly proposed Open-Loop and Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Projects
  • Licensing projects at existing non-power dams,
  • FERC hydro-compliance and dam safety inspections, and
  • Proposed conduits exemptions

The Trump Effect on U.S. Hydropower

U.S Army Corps Dam

The following post was co-authored by Tom Russo and Kleinschmidt Principal, Kelly Schaeffer.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) could play a lead role in increasing the number of hydropower projects licensed at its navigation and flood control dams. The biggest challenge to realizing this is not the lack of legislation or new regulations, but rather the lack of experience and familiarity with the review of hydropower project proposals. The Trump Administration’s penchant for results over process may provide added incentives to both the Corps and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to cooperate and facilitate more hydropower development at Corps dams. Successfully implementing a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between these two agencies is the key to success. [node:read-more:link]

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