Backers pursuing energy-storage project along Columbia

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) — Two major developers are pursuing efforts to build an energy storage project along the Columbia River in Washington state.

The Herald-Republic reports that the project aims to use excess power generated by wind turbines to pump water from a lower reservoir along the Columbia River to an upper reservoir. Water is later released through turbines when power is needed.

The project would be located in Goldendale near the John Day Dam.

In March the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a new preliminary permit to Rye Development and National Grid to study the feasibility of the project. They’re working with the Klickitat PUD, which previously received preliminary permits to study and develop a similar project.

The two backers are also developing another pump hydro project near Klamath Falls, Oregon.