Proposed Pumped Storage Project Axed by FERC

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Citing differences between the co-applicants of the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage (LEAPS) Project, which would be located on Lake Elsinore and San Juan Creek in Riverside County, CA, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has dismissed the application for the project submitted in 2004.

The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District wants to build the pumped storage project whereas Nevada Hydro Company, the co-applicant wants to build the transmission line prior to the project. They have also been at odds regarding the water quality certification required from the State of California.

In its dismissal order, FERC stated, “…it is clear that Elsinore Valley’s goal is to develop the hydroelectric project and improve the water quality of Lake Elsinore through the operation of that project.  On the other hand, Nevada Hydro’s primary interest is in the TE/VS transmission line.” FERC also stated that given the differences in goals of the co-applicants, “…it would be unreasonable to expend further public resources on this matter.”

However, the order gives the applicants or other interested parties 30 days to protest the decision.