“There’s a potential new, modern way to utilize one of the nation’s greatest engineering feats. Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel of the 20th century made of concrete and steel continues to generate a significant amount of energy to power the southwest, but it may eventually serve another purpose.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wants to build a $3 billion pump station and pipeline powered by solar and wind energy.
The possible plan calls for using excess energy to power the pump station, which would be located down the Colorado River from the dam.
The pump will send water up the pipes back into Lake Mead, and when renewable energy isn’t available, water will flow through the generators again to create power for the grid.”
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