rPlus Hydro on Track to Develop Nevada’s First Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant

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SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — rPlus Hydro LLLP announced the submission of a Draft License Application for its White Pine Pumped Storage Project, located near Ely, Nevada. This submission is a major milestone in rPlus Hydro’s work to bring pumped storage to Nevada and to enable the reliable storage of a wide variety of renewable energy sources. The White Pine Pumped Storage Project, which will be Nevada’s first closed loop pumped hydro storage project, will facilitate up to 1,000 MW of flexible, long-duration, generating capacity.

A description on how pumped storage hydropower works.

As proposed, the large infrastructure project represents more than a $2B investment in Nevada’s clean energy infrastructure. The multi-year construction phase will create up to 500 construction jobs. Once operational, the plant will bring more than 35 new full-time, skilled positions to the area, and provide an estimated $10 million in additional annual tax revenue for state and local governments.

rPlus Hydro’s submission of its Draft License Application to Nevada and Federal agencies represents the culmination of several years of project development including engineering and planning, environmental assessment, and community engagement.

rPlus Hydro is excited to advance the development of the White Pine Pumped Storage Project to provide Nevada and the greater region a source of reliable, long-duration energy storage and generation that is sustainable and environmentally responsible,” said Luigi Resta, President of rPlus Hydro. “We look forward to continuing to work with the community through project construction and operation. The Project will greatly benefit the local economy and strengthen the region’s energy infrastructure.”

The Draft License Application includes an overview of the proposed project configuration, baseline studies and data, estimated costs, proposed construction schedules, preliminary environmental analysis, as well as proposed engineering schematics and project maps. Submission starts a 90-day agency review process that will refine this proposal in preparation for the submission of the Final License Application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Final License Application will include additional baseline data collection, impact analyses, and opportunities for public input.

“We look forward to a robust period of engagement with federal, state, and tribal governments and the public as we move forward in this process” said Greg Copeland, Program Manager for the White Pine Pumped Storage Project. “Submittal of this Draft License Application marks the beginning of that process, and we are confident that it will ultimately result in the best outcomes for this Project and for clean electric generation in Nevada and the surrounding western U.S. region.”

The White Pine Pumped Storage Project is vital to the reliability and dependability of Nevada’s electrical grid as it moves towards greater reliance on renewable energy sources like solar and wind and in helping to create a more sustainable energy future for everyone.

“Pumped storage hydro has been relied upon for decades as an economical tool for energy storage and grid reliability,” said Matthew Shapiro, CEO of rPlus Hydro. “As states like Nevada transition from fossil-based generation toward greater reliance on solar and other renewable resources, the best new pumped storage projects like White Pine will play a key supporting role long into the future.”

Pumped storage is currently the largest form of energy storage technology on the grid today, accounting for about 95 percent of America’s installed energy storage capacity. Pumped storage projects generate and store clean energy by moving water between different water reservoirs at different elevations. 

For more information and for a copy of the White Pine Draft License Application, please visit: https://www.whitepinepumpedstorage.com

About rPlus Hydro

rPlus Hydro, LLLP is a Utah Limited Liability Limited Partnership focused on developing, designing, designing, and constructing commercial large-scale pumped storage hydroelectric projects in the United States. rPlus Hydro is a subsidiary of rPlus Energies. Learn more at www.rplushydro.com.

About rPlus Energies

rPlus Energies develops modern power plants to contribute to the rebuilding of America’s energy infrastructure. Through partnership with the private sector, municipalities, and utilities, rPlus develops utility-scale power plants to access a region’s best mix of renewable resources to enable a more dispatchable and reliable power supply. rPlus Energies has over 30 projects across 15 market areas in the U.S. in active development including solar, wind, pumped storage, and solar plus battery. rPlus Energies is a subsidiary of The Gardner Companies, family owned and operated since 1976, which is dedicated to building better communities through thoughtful, sustainable practices in developing and managing real estate, renewable energy and technology, and providing results-oriented philanthropy. Learn more at www.rplusenergies.com.


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