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Oregon Legislature passed a joint resolution in May 2019 in support of closed loop pump storage projects

May 31, 2019

The Oregon Legislature passed a joint resolution in May 2019 in support of closed loop pump storage projects, like the Swan Lake Project.  See, https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SCR1/Enrolled.  It is the first of its kind in the nation. The resolution passed both the Senate and House with near unanimous support across party lines and urban/rural constituencies.  The resolution acknowledges the need for large storage projects like pump storage to help Oregon integrate increasing amounts of renewable energy and move toward a clean energy grid. It also acknowledges the large economic development opportunity these projects create along with thousands of construction jobs and dozens of permanent operation and maintenance jobs in rural Oregon.  The joint resolution specifically provides that the Legislature “supports the development of environmentally appropriate closed loop pump storage projects” and “encourages Oregon regulators to support such projects” and “Oregon utilities to utilize such projects in their energy resource mixes to meet their capacity needs in the coming years.”