Could using water to store energy and generate electricity work to our region’s advantage?
The public is invited to take part in an interactive discussion on a pumped storage energy solution for our area with Brian Studenka and Andrew Jamieson of ITC Holdings Corp. and ITC consultant Don Pool when the Citizens Water Advocacy Group meets on Mar. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott.
Studenka, Jamieson and Pool will discuss and seek input on using energy storage technology as an approach to the region’s growing energy needs. Southwest states including Arizona are moving to adopt large-scale solar and wind energy to supplement other forms of energy generation to meet ambitious energy goals. This changing generation mix is creating concerns over future energy supply and grid reliability in a region already experiencing rapid population growth and increasing energy demands. Studenka, Jamieson and Pool will describe how using water from the Big Chino aquifer to store energy and generate electricity could work to our region’s advantage.
Brian Studenka is Director, Grid Development, ITC Holdings Corp. He is responsible for the Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage project development activities.
Andrew Jamieson is Regulatory Counsel for ITC Holdings Corp. He is responsible for general permitting and FERC licensing for the Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage project.
Don Pool served as Hydrologist, USGS Arizona Water Science Center, 1980-2016, and currently consults on hydrology.
Project website: www.BigChinoValleyPumpedStorage.com