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Hydro energy storage project
The solar electricity hype

planned in Yellowhead County

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Guest Column by Clyde Corser
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January 4, January 25 Hinton Mayor Rob Mackin, Yellowhead County Mayor Gerald Soroka, MLA Eric Rosendahl, and Turning

Point Generation representatives Jeff Wearmouth and Peter Bubik during the announcement of the For additional information
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February 15 proposed hydro energy storage project in Yellowhead County. photo Dana McArthur 780-723-2390
until the upper reservoir is depleted.
by Dana McArthur
During periods of low demand, usually nights or
March 7, 28 iews representatives from Turning Point Generation weekends, when electricity is at a surplus and also at a SPRING SPECIAL ON
MLA Eric Rosendahl along with company
lower cost, the upper reservoir is recharged by pumping
announced that a $200 million hydro energy storage
the water back up using power from the grid. “This is a
April 18 Guest Column by Clyde Corser project is planned 15 kilometres from Hinton, near closed loop system so we continually use the same 5/4”x5” pressure treated, radius edge decking
5/4”x5” pressure treated, radius edge decking
water,” said Wearmouth. The system is supplemented
Obed Mt. coal mine in Yellowhead County.
available. Pure Lodgepole Pine.
available. Pure Lodgepole Pine.
with ground water with little need for top-ups.
The Canyon Creek facility will utilize pumped
8’ at $3.54 each; 10’ at $4.43 each;
8’ at $3.54 each; 10’ at $4.43 each;
Unlike traditional hydroelectric stations this facility
May 9, 30 hydroelectric energy storage in the form of fresh water “Keep in mind pumped hydro is the most efficient 12’ at $5.94 each; 14’ at $6.93 each
12’ at $5.94 each; 14’ at $6.93 each
in an upper reservoir, pumped from another reservoir at will use more electricity than the facility can produce.
a lower elevation. The connection will be made by a 7
km long and 2.5 meter wide steel pipe, with pumps and mean of storing large amounts of energy, so our losses Yellowhead Yellowhead 780-723-9525780-723-9525
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Wearmouth. The benefit comes in terms of balancing
Jeff Wearmouth with Turning Point Generation, said,
peak load demands within the grid using the stored
“This is a first for Alberta. The main purpose of the
July 11 project is to enable more renewable energy in Alberta. power.
The plant will run throughout the year as winter cold
We see this project as a major facilitator to help
Alberta achieve its renewable energy goals. Right now
will not freeze the water deep enough to significantly
about 5% of Alberta energy is renewable. Our goals are impact operations, stated Peter Bubik with Turning
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“We are still in the early stages and we expect two
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the grid.”
million with a good majority sourced in Alberta,” said
During periods of high electricity demand, power is
November 14 generated by releasing the stored water through Wearmouth. It will also create about 300 jobs during Email:
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