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ITC seeks public input on pumped storage technology

How could using water to store energy and generate electricity work to our region’s advantage?

The public is invited to take part in an interactive discussion on a pumped storage energy solution for the Quad-city area with Brian Studenka and Andrew Jamieson of ITC Holdings Corp. and ITC consultant Don Pool. ITC is a leading electricity transmission company.

The discussion will take place when the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10, at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott.

Studenka, Jamieson and Pool will discuss and seek input on using energy storage technology as an approach to the region’s growing energy needs. Southwest states including Arizona are moving to adopt large-scale solar and wind energy to supplement other forms of energy generation to meet ambitious energy goals. This changing generation mix is creating concerns over future energy supply and grid reliability in a region already experiencing rapid population growth and increasing energy demands. Studenka, Jamieson and Pool will describe how using water from the Big Chino aquifer to store energy and generate electricity could work to our region’s advantage.

Brian Studenka is director of Grid Development for ITC Holdings Corp. and Andrew Jamieson is Regulatory Counsel for the corporation. Pool served as a Hydrologist for the US Geological Survey Arizona Water Science Center from 1980 to 2016, and currently consults on hydrology.  For more info, call 928-445-4218, email or visit

Information provided by the Citizens Water Advocacy Group

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