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Columbia Gorge wind farms could store power in reservoir

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GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) - A small utility at Goldendale plans a $2.5 billion water reservoir system as a way to store energy generated by Columbia River Gorge wind farms.
    
The pumped storage system would pump water uphill when there's electricity to spare and release it through turbines to generate power when it's in more demand.
    
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1AOgcbk) the Klickitat Public Utility District has begun applying for a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
    
With just 11,000 customers, the utility doesn't need a facility of that size, but it has the site to build one. The PUD is hoping larger utilities in Oregon and California will invest in the project.
    
Getting the license, backers and permits is likely to be a long process. The PUD hopes to begin construction in 2020.
    
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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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