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Oregon To Transform Lakes Into Batteries To Charge Electricity Grid

PBS Newshour / NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations

lost-riverAbout 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

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