Questions, Answers and Alternatives


Are there alternatives to this project? 

Yes! Pumped storage hydropower projects are used to store enormous amounts of energy, which can provide many benefits to the grid and electricity system. However, there are numerous energy storage technologies that can be implemented to achieve the same goal of grid-scale energy storage without destroying a town, damming creeks, and threatening endangered species (and likely at a lower cost). Electrochemical batteries, compressed air energy storage, thermal energy storage, flywheels, gravity-based energy storage, and other technologies can provide many of the same benefits without also using our precious water resources. In Alabama, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative uses compressed air technology to store energy. And across the state line, Alabama Power’s sister company, Georgia Power, is working on a project for iron-air battery storage with Form Energy.

Anyone who pays Alabama Power bills should be concerned about the overall cost of this project and push the company to consider alternative technologies and transparent, side-by-side comparisons with other forms of energy storage. 

Where would the generated power go? Will it provide power for Steele and surrounding communities?

Once electricity is generated at a project, it is delivered to customers through transmission and distribution power lines, often referred to as “the grid.” Our electricity system is complex, and you can learn more of the basics here, but there is no guarantee that power generated on Chandler Mountain will remain in Alabama. Just ask Alabama Power.