BIG CHINO VALLEY PUMPED STORAGE

The Southwest’s energy generation mix is evolving, marked by rapid growth in variable solar and wind energy projects. This changing generation mix is creating concerns over future energy in a region already experiencing rapid population growth, increasing energy demands and constrained interstate transmission lines. A modern approach to power is needed in the region to support this evolving and uncertain energy future.

ITC is evaluating the proposed Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage Project to serve as an integrated solution to help the Southwest overcome these challenges. The project will modernize the grid with a flexible solution to accommodate diverse generation resources, changing market demands and ever-evolving technology inputs.

The proposed project involves a large-scale pumped storage facility that will act like a large electric battery with the capacity to address storage of excess renewable energy, stabilize the electrical grid and redeploy excess renewable energy to where and when it is needed. The proposed site for the project is in Yavapai Coconino and Mohave counties in Northwest Arizona. If constructed, it will consist of upper and lower closed-looped reservoirs connected by an underground powerhouse and three transmission interconnections serving Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. ITC chose this site due to its suitable topography, available grid connections and proximity to grid market hubs.

You can explore the project via the map below, or click here to see a full-screen version.


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About ITC
ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company, invests in the electricity transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, lower the costs of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems.

Using the Federal Energy Regulatory Energy Commission-approved Traditional Licensing Process, with an enhanced modification for early National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping, ITC is initiating a broad, holistic and transparent planning approach with consultation from stakeholders across key milestones to license the project and ensure project benefits are realized throughout the region.


PROJECT OVERVIEW VIDEO

The Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage project is a proposed energy storage facility in Arizona’s Yavapai, Coconino and Mohave counties that would support clean energy goals in the state and region.



PROJECT STATUS

THROUGH 2018: ONGOING FEASIBILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

  • Posted Oct 04, 2018

    FERC SCHEDULE of anticipated key dates for Big Chino Valley Project Licensing released.

  • Posted Oct 04, 2018
    On October 4, 2018, Big Chino Pumped Storage LLC SUBMITTED a Supplement to Notification of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD) to FERC.

  • Posted Oct 02, 2018
    View the latest project overview presentation for full details on the Big Chino Valley project.
  • Posted Aug 09, 2018
    On August 6, 2018, Big Chino Pumped Storage LLC released a Joint Stakeholder Meeting Comment Matrix.
  • Posted Jul 27, 2018
    On June 27, 2018, Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage LLC hosted a Joint Stakeholder Meeting. See Transcript and Proof of Publication.
  • Posted Jun 29, 2018
    On June 27, 2018, ITC Holdings Corp., hosted a joint stakeholder meeting in Prescott, Arizona. 

    View the presentation
  • Posted May 23, 2018
    On May 22, 2018, FERC Approved Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage LLC’s Request to Use Traditional License Process and Issued a Public Notice.
  • Posted Mar 30, 2018

    On March 30, 2018, Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage LLC submitted an Errata to its filing of a Notification of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD) with FERC.

  • Posted Mar 30, 2018

    On March 30, 2018, Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage LLC submitted its Notification of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD) to FERC.

  • Posted Mar 30, 2018
    On March 30, 2018, ITC Holdings Corp. issued a public notice regarding filing a Notification of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD) FERC.
  • Posted Jan 23, 2018
    On January 23, 2018, Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage LLC submitted its Initial Information Package to FERC.
  • Posted Dec 28, 2017
    On December 28, 2017, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the preliminary permit for Big Chino Valley.
  • Posted Oct 13, 2017
    On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave notice the preliminary permit application was accepted.
  • Posted Oct 10, 2017
    On October 10, ITC filed a supplement to its permit application to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Posted Sep 29, 2017
    On September 29, 2017, ITC filed a major permit application with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 


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