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About 5,500 acres of the [Swan Lake Valley] is part of Edgewood Ranch. Lauren Jespersen’s family has been on this land since the 1970s, farming about half of it and making pellet livestock feed. But like many farm families, the Jespersens are trying to ensure their futures by doing more with their land. “It’s hard to make a living in agriculture anymore unless you are an extremely large operation,” Jespersen says. Like a growing number of farmers on the sunny, windy eastern side of the Cascades, they’re getting into the business of renewable energy. For Jespersen, it’s an emerging niche of the renewables market: large-scale energy storage called “pumped storage hydroelectricity.” At its very core, pumped hydro is a giant water battery. Read the entire story here.
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NEBRASKA HYDROPOWER PROJECT RECENTLY IN THE NEWS
South Sioux City approves hydroelectric turbine application, Sioux City Journal
- National Hydropower Association
- Hydropower Vision: A New Chapter for America’s 1st Renewable Electricity Source.. Two years in the making, the report offers pathways for tapping into hydropower’s potential to increase installed capacity by nearly 50 GW by 2050.
- Hydropower Vision, U.S. Department of Energy Video
- Visit the Energy Storage Association’s website to learn more about Pumped Hydro Power and other energy storage technologies: Solid State Batteries, Flow Batteries, Flywheels, Compressed Air Storage and Thermal. See Also: Applications of Energy Storage Technology at this website.
- Report: Hydropower reservoirs contributing to carbon emissions, Utility Dive