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Pumped Storage: Simple Changes, Big Savings





ITRC Report No.

R 01-001



4 pages



California Energy Commission


Full Reference

Irrigation Training & Research Center.  2001.  Pumped Storage: Simple Changes, Big Savings.  ITRC, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA.






Several California irrigation districts achieved savings on electrical energy charges by implementing various types of pumped storage systems. Pumped storage uses some type of reservoir to store pumped water at a higher elevation than the original water supply. During times of peak statewide electricity demand, pumping is reduced while water is withdrawn from the reservoir which acts as a buffer.



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