Renewable Power Generation for Water Transmission
Are there opportunities to use Reclamation project land and right-of-way for the installation of solar technologies?
Can we better use project lands and improve power generation capabilities for water transmission?
Can strategically located solar technology be placed on the canal system right-of-way or cover the canals?
Need and Benefit
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Park Service (NPS) have been looking at the amount of carbon emission coming from the Navajo Power Generation Station (NGS) in Arizona. Because of the visible emissions coming from NGS, the NPS, along with the EPA and private environmental groups, would like NGS to install approximately $1 billion emission scrubbers or even shut down NGS. If these organizations are successful at requiring the additional standards or reducing power generation coming from NGS, there will be a significant economic impact to Reclamation, along with many of Reclamation's partners. Thus, in order to thwart these concerns, Reclamation should begin research to explore alternatives for replacement power supplies. The current administration has placed a high importance on renewable power supplies; therefore, it only seems prudent for Reclamation to research this subject.
This research will:
* Produce clean energy alternatives for powering pumping stations
* Provide potential replacement power for losses at NGS
* Minimize evaporation from open canals
* Provide renewable energy credit
* Develop a baseline for future estimation and identifying challenges that need to be overcome for large-scale project
* Contribute on a multi-level scale to the green initiative
* Fulfill future system power requirements
* Provide additional power for the future
Contact the Principal Investigator for information about partners.
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Renewable Power Generation for Water Transmission (interim, PDF, 6.5MB)
By Mitchell Haws
Report completed on May 30, 2014