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Douglas PUD building 5-MW hydrogen facility to provide flexibility for Wells Hydroelectric

The Douglas County Public Utility District in Washington State is building a 5-MW pilot renewable hydrogen production facility near Baker Flats, East Wenatchee to provide flexibility to operations at its 774.3-MW Wells Hydroelectric Project.

Earlier this month, Douglas PUD Commissioners Aaron J. Viebrock, Molly Simpson and Ronald E Skagen moved the first shovels of dirt at the future site of the facility.

Douglas PUD says generation requests can be sent to the hydrogen electrolyzer to reduce the mechanical adjustments necessary at the Wells Hydroelectric Project on the Columbia River to balance the grid. This will reduce the maintenance necessary on the turbine units and associated equipment.

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