A brief appraisal of the potential of pumped storage in New South Wales by Matt Phillips, William Peirson and Ron Cox
With a national energy market turning to intermittent renewable sources, the challenge of reliably meeting variable demand intensifies. Despite its potential, large scale energy storage in the form of pumped hydro-electricity is limited to only two developments in NSW. This study aims to address the potential of pumped hydroelectric storage as a suitable form of energy storage in NSW. The purposes of pumped storage and various key concepts are outlined. Possible options for more widespread development including surface, coastal and underground storages are briefly drawn upon and discussed with illustrated example locations in NSW. It is recommended that further development be considered as suitable storage infrastructure, supporting a future energy market and renewable energy development.