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Enron considers building pumped storage plant

Electricity emergencies in the US this summer, caused by burgeoning peak power demand, has stimulated an interest in pumped storage plants. Enron Corporation is already considering a project 724km southwest of Los Angeles.

The Elsinore Valley Munic- ipal Water District has started discussions with Enron to investigate the possibility of building a 240MW pumped storage project with a head of about 457m. The project is expected to cost more than US$350M. (See article on pp18-21 of this issue about pumped storage’s role in the grid).