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Senate bill package could help ease new hydropower project approval

 

Last updated 3/4/2020 at 10:23am

An illustration from a Columbia Basin Hydropower Powerpoint presentation shows the path of proposed pipes under the city of Grand Coulee, incorporating a new underground power plant with a 500-megawatt capacity. The 35-foot diameter penstocks would be 300 feet underground.

A potential new, big hydro-electric project for the Coulee area, could be more likely to happen sooner than later if legislation being considered by the Senate in Washington D.C. passes.

The $1.4 billion Banks Lake Pump Storage Project, proposed by Columbia Basin Hydropower, would bring in an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 workers to build a gravity-fed, pumped-storage system that would drain water...



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