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Marmora Pumped Storage Electricity Project

What a great day for Marmora and Hastings County! An estimated 45 permanent new jobs will be created when the historic Marmora mine site is converted into a unique electricity storage facility.

Representatives from Northland Power announced that they are planning to build a 400MW Pumped Storage Facility on the Marmora Mine Site. What does that mean? Well, it involves the generation of electricity by moving water between two reservoirs at different elevations. Water is pumped to the upper reservoir when electricity is cheap and / or abundant and flows through turbines into the lower resevoir as needed during higher electricty demans periods. So lets recall the blackout we had a few years back. When everyone cranks up the air conditioning on a hot day in the afternoon, this new pumped storage facility will kick in to action and provide the needed electricity.