Dominion Energy Wants to Build Pumped Hydro Storage Facility in Coalfields

Following the passage of bills in the Virginia General Assembly this year, Dominion Energy is searching for sites in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia where it can build a pumped hydroelectric storage facility. In December 2016, Virginia Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Lebanon, and Dels.

Virginia-based utility Dominion Energy’s plan to turn an abandoned coal mine into a pumped storage hydro facility is unique, but not new.

North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany earlier this year said that it will turn its Prosper-Haniel coal mine into a 200-MW pumped storage facility. The consortium behind the project includes the University of Duisburg-Essen and mine owner RAG AG.

It’s too early in the process to know what the Dominion project capacity might be, but the company says it plans to pick a site early next year. Read about the Dominion project here, and learn more about the Prosper-Haniel project:

German Coal Mine to Be Reborn as Giant Pumped Storage Hydro Facility