BIG CHINO VALLEY PUMPED STORAGE

The proposed Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage Project is an integrated, regional energy solution for the Southwest. It will use proven energy storage technology to anchor new electricity transmission infrastructure as an all-encompassing solution to the region’s growing energy needs. FERC issued a preliminary permit allowing ITC to secure and maintain priority of application for license while we undertake activities to determine the feasibility of the project and support an application for license. We continue to engage stakeholders in the region to assess project viability, establish ourselves as a valued neighbor, address our environmental approach and ensure project benefits are realized throughout the region.

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The Challenge:  Southwest states are moving to adopt large-scale solar and wind energy to supplement other forms of energy generation to meet ambitious energy goals. This changing generation mix is creating concerns over future energy supply and grid reliability in a region already experiencing rapid population growth, increasing energy demands and constrained interstate transmission lines. A modern power grid is needed to support this evolving and uncertain energy future – a grid flexible enough to accommodate diverse generation resources, changing market demands and ever-evolving technology inputs.

Our Solution:  Significant investment in a large-scale pumped storage facility in northern Arizona, with robust transmission grid interconnections serving Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. Acting like a large electric battery, pumped storage of energy provides three distinct advantages: addresses bulk storage of excess renewable energy, offers reliability support to the electrical grid, and redeploys excess renewable energy when and where it’s needed.

Environmental Stewardship:  We recognize the significance of water resources in the Southwest and believe that when approached in a responsible way, using water to store energy and generate electricity will work to this region’s advantage. We are working collaboratively to apply ongoing research, conduct studies and prepare environmental analyses – all with the goal of maintaining long-term stewardship of the water and land resources. Moreover, the pumped storage facility will employ a closed-loop design, which means the project will be isolated from naturally flowing waterways.

Location:  This pumped storage and electric transmission project is proposed for Arizona’s Yavapai, Coconino and Mohave counties, centered about five miles southeast of Seligman, Arizona. This area of the state has suitable topography, available grid connections, and provides close proximity to grid market hubs.


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 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. 

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  • 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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