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Storage may be a game-changer for grid

In a fast-developing industry teeming with technologies that promise to be the next big thing, energy storage appears to be the biggest.

Its supporters not only sing its praises but also tout what they say is its inevitability.

“We’re going to have 10 times as much energy storage on the grid by the end of this decade and that is going to impact every facet of the energy industry,” said Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association, an industry trade group.

MWD Approves New Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Contracts

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California was constructing its Colorado River Aqueduct when Hoover Dam was completed in 1935. The 1928 legislation authorizing the construction of what has been called both Hoover Dam and Boulder Dam included hydroelectric power contracts to help fund the cost of the dam. MWD received a power contract which provides energy to pump Colorado River water through MWD’s Colorado River Aqueduct and subsequently constructed a 230 kilovolt transmission system which delivers the Hoover Dam electricity to MWD’s pumping plants along the Colorado River Aqueduct.