Montana Developer Ready to Build Modern-Day Pumped Hydro Storage

By [email protected] A former Navy prosecutor turned Montana-based clean energy developer wants to build the first pumped hydro storage facility the U.S. has seen in years.

Battery installations are growing at a steady clip, but good old pumped hydro storage, which lifts water into elevated reservoirs for later use in generation, still utterly dominates the field. The 21.6 gigawatts of installed pumped hydro provide 97 percent of utility-scale storage on the U.S. grid, according to the National Hydropower Association.

Pumped hydro does not drive many headlines, though, because its scale and environmental implications translate into decade-long development cycles, and almost nobody tries any more.

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