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Former Prime Ministers Tout Need for Pumped Storage and More Hydropower

September 9, 2021

Tony Blair and Malcolm Turnbull, former prime ministers of the UK and Australia, respectively, suggested pumped storage and more hydropower will be vitally important to electric grids around the world as more wind and solar are added to the power mix.

Speaking on the opening day of the World Hydropower Congress, which began Sept. 7 and will continue through Sept. 24, Turnbull described “the crisis within the climate crisis. And that is, the need for more long-duration storage, which is overwhelmingly pumped hydro, because we have a rush, thankfully, of cheaper and more effective variable renewable energy—wind and solar.

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