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Bill would turn abandoned mine pit adjacent to Joshua Tree NP into giant hydro project

An abandoned iron mine on the doorstep of Joshua Tree National Park could be repurposed as a massive hydroelectric power plant under a bill with bipartisan support in the state Legislature.


Senate Bill 772, which was approved by a panel of lawmakers last week with no dissenting votes, would require California to build energy projects that can store large amounts of power for long periods of time. It’s a type of technology the state is likely to need as utility companies buy more and more energy from solar and wind farms, which generate electricity only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing.


https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-joshua-tree-eagle-mountain-hydropower-20190522-story.html

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