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There is an urgent need to ramp up utility-scale energy storage solutions in the power grids of most countries. This surge in demand for energy storage is being experienced due to renewable capacity increment and its intermittencies. Pumped-hydro energy storage (PHES) is one of the most promising solutions. However, PHES systems are significantly more expensive than conventional hydro power plants. Therefore, some countries are providing funding support of various kinds to attract investors and developers towards this sector. This blog discusses the common funding mechanisms adopted by the USA, Australia, and China to analyse how such mechanisms can be adapted in the Indian context.

Pumped Hydro: Money Matters