Stantec has announced it has been commissioned by WaterPower Canada to assess the potential for pumped storage hydropower across Canada. 

In a study alliance with the Australian National University, CEATI, and Power Advisory, Stantec and its partners will help WaterPower Canada and the wider hydropower industry to better understand the strategic value of pumped storage hydropower (PSH) facilities.

The report – the Technical and Economic Potential Assessment of Pumped Storage Hydropower in Canada – will present the strategic advantages and role of PSH in a future decarbonized electricity supply-mix in Canada. Stantec will act as principal investigator and study lead.

In response to the Canadian government’s commitment to achieve a net-zero emissions electricity supply by 2035 and a net-zero economy by 2050, WaterPower Canada – a national trade association that advocates for the Canadian hydropower industry – has commissioned research projects to explore opportunities to support the increase of installed capacity of hydropower in Canada. This assessment report will be one of those research projects.

“We realize the significance this study can have for the hydropower sector community and the social, economic, and environmental landscape in Canada,” said Michael Morgenroth, Stantec’s principal investigator on the project and business leader for hydropower and dams in Canada. “That’s why we have activated our network to form a study alliance that brings Stantec, the Australian National University, CEATI, and Power Advisory under one tent as a team that can do justice to this strategic study to position waterpower among leaders into a new era.”

“New clean energy projects and infrastructure must be rapidly advanced to achieve a net-zero electricity supply in Canada by 2035, and beyond,” added Carolina Rinfret, president and CEO, WaterPower Canada. “One of the most promising options for storing electricity at scale and for long periods of time is pumped storage hydro. Through this study, we intend to raise awareness to this proven and cost-effective type of energy storage, and to demonstrate the full potential that it holds in Canada, especially with integration of more variable renewables onto the grid, like wind and solar energy.”