Generating Resources Advisory Committee

January 27, 2015    See meeting notes

851 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 1100
Portland

9:30am - 3:00pm

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9:30  AM

Welcome, Introductions

  • Review today's agenda
  • Review Dec 18 meeting minutes
  • Reminder on role of GRAC - charter and updated membership
  • Purpose of today's meeting topics and relation to draft Seventh Power Plan
  • Next steps for GRAC

9:45  AM

Overview of Pumped Storage - Rick Miller (HDR, Inc.)

  • Discussion of technology, trends
  • Capital and O&M cost estimates
  • Potential resource in the PNW

10:15 AM

Banks Lake North Dam Pump/Generation Plant - Lloyd Reed (GCPHA/Reed Consulting)

  • Purpose of project, current status and major stakeholders
  • Estimated cost, capacity, expected energy output
  • Barriers to development
  • Tentative timeline to operation

10:45 AM

J.D. Pool Pumped Storage Project - Brian Skeahan (Klickitat PUD JD Pool Project), Nate Sandvig (MWH)

  • Purpose of project, current status and major stakeholders
  • Estimated cost, capacity, expected energy output
  • Barriers to development
  • Tentative timeline to operation

11:15 AM

Value Stream of Pumped Storage - Miller, Skeahan, Sandvig

  • Importance of capturing the full value stream of a project
  • How has the role of pumped storage changed?
  • What are the overall challenges pumped storage faces?
  • Recommendations to overcome these challenges?

12:00 PM

LUNCH - on your own

1:00  PM

Overview of Small Modular Reactors - Christopher Colbert (NuScale Power), Jim Gaston (Energy Northwest)

  • Discussion of technology, modular business model
  • Technology development schedule, tentative plant timeline to operation
  • Capital and O&M cost estimates
  • Challenges to commercialization, barriers to development
  • UAMPS demonstration project in Idaho
  • Recent Washington study on SMRs
  • Comparison between SMR and conventional nuclear

2:15 PM

Preliminary Resource Evaluation of Enhanced/Engineered Geothermal - Steve Simmons

  • Overview of technology and role in PNW
  • Feasibility of development in the PNW

2:50 PM

Discussion of Next GRAC Meetings 

3:00 PM

Adjourn

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