Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) awarded the Jacobs Associates team the Owner's Engineer services contract for preliminary design and construction services on its proposed Iowa Hill Pumped-Storage Project located in Northern California.
When completed Iowa Hill would be a 400-MW pumped storage hydropower facility.
GEI Consultants Inc. was also awarded a contract for certain Owner's Engineer services and will work closely with the Jacobs Associates team for the project.
GEI will lead the design of the 6,400 acre-foot upper reservoir. The design of the dam and reservoir will be under the regulatory authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD).
The project would utilize an existing reservoir on the American River, from which water would be pumped up to the 6,400 acre-foot upper reservoir, where the water would be stored. During peak demand periods, water would flow from the upper reservoir to the lower reservoir. The electricity generated would connect the existing transmission line that connects SMUD's existing Upper American River hydroelectric project with the District's customers.
The team consists of Jacobs Associates, GEI Consultants, HDR Engineering, AF-Consult of Switzerland, Carlton Engineering, AMEC, IEC Corporation, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, Stillwater Sciences, Ascent Environmental, Crux Subsurface, and Foxfire Constructors.
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