Workshop - Understanding Current State of Pumped Storage

Technical Workshop

Understanding Current State of Pumped Storage




January 16, 2014

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102



Decision 13-10-040, Ordering Paragraph 9, directed Commission 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.


Staff 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 Commission’s jurisdiction. 


Workshop Format – Commission Staff will lead the workshop throughout the day.  The workshop will focus on the topics as listed in the attached agenda.  Please note that it is possible that the workshop may end earlier than scheduled in the attached agenda if sufficient progress is made throughout the day. 



CPUC: 505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
Event Date: 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 13:00 to 17:00
Focus Area: 
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)