When: Jan. 16, 2014, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; also available in real-time and archived thereafter via video webcast
CPUC Decision 13-10-040, Ordering Paragraph 9, directed CPUC staff to hold a technical workshop to “further explore the operational characteristics and uses for pumped storage projects.” This technical workshop will focus on understanding the current state of pumped hydro storage in California, barriers to the development of pumped hydro, the potential uses and benefits of pumped hydro, and potential regulatory steps to address barriers and the future of pumped hydro storage in California.
The CPUC seeks to gain an understanding of the variety of issues that face pumped storage today and in the future, as well as an understanding of what the current state of pumped hydro is in California. In order to better understand the totality of these issues, this workshop will explore a range of the issues facing pumped storage in California, including those barriers outside of the CPUC’s jurisdiction.
CPUC staff will lead the workshop throughout the day.