A billboard near Roosevelt Dam proclaimed in the 1960s: “Arizona Grows Where Water Flows.” But growth and the control of water to support it have never been simple uncontested endeavors.
Brown Bag Seminar Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage Project
Brian Studenka, ITC Grid Development Director, Engineering and Policy
The Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage project is a 2,000MW, 10-hour long duration greenfield pumped storage project being developed in northern Arizona. This project will help integrate the projected increase in renewable generation onto the grid in the desert southwest region of the United States in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The Project is investing a great deal of effort to understand the impacts of withdrawing groundwater for the reservoirs in order to put a mitigation plan in place that will result in a net positive for the water resources and the community in the area.
Brian Studenka has worked in various roles within ITC for the past 14 years including Asset Management, Project Engineering, and Grid Development. His current role within the Grid development organization is to pursue greenfield electrical transmission projects that add value to the transmission grid and facilitate open access to the grid.