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Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 3:54 p.m.

Bill would open way for Klickitat energy plan

YAKIMA -- A bill awaiting Gov. Chris Gregoire's signature would open the way for an ambitious $2.5 billion plan to create a large generating plant along the Columbia River.
The Klickitat Public Utility District wants to use surplus wind power to pump water uphill and hold it for release later to generate power when it's needed.
PUD board chairman Randy Knowles told the Yakima Herald-Republic that the utility is looking for financial partners for the project.
The bill would allow public utility districts along the Columbia River to sell water rights to a privately owned utility to generate electricity. It passed both chambers unanimously.
Klickitat PUD owns the water right from the former Goldendale aluminum plant. The pump storage facility will be built on the site of the old plant.
Story tags » Energy & ResourcesLegislatureYakima

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