rPlus Hydro seeks nod for 900-MW pumped storage project in Wyoming

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June 7 (Renewables Now) - rPlus Hydro LLLP, a subsidiary of US renewables developer rPlus Energies, has submitted a draft license application for an up to 900-MW pumped storage project in Wyoming.

The so-called Seminoe Pumped Storage project will entail an investment of around USD 2.5 billion (EUR 2.3bn) to create the first pumped hydro storage complex in the western US state, the developer said on Monday. The proposed facility will be located near the city of Rawlins in Wyoming’s Carbon County, with its construction seen by rPlus as “crucial” to the reliability of the state’s power grid amid the greater adoption of renewables.

The filing of the draft license application with Wyoming and federal agencies initiates a 90-day agency review process ahead of the submission of the final license application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

"As Wyoming creates and utilizes more renewable energy generation, like wind energy, energy storage projects like Seminoe will play a key role in making that energy available to everyone long into the future,” said Matthew Shapiro, CEO of rPlus Hydro.

Up to 500 jobs are expected to be created during the construction of the plant.

rPlus Hydro is also behind a 1-GW pumped storage project near Ely in Nevada.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.934)

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