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Virginia Passes Law Allowing Pumped-Storage Hydropower At Empty Coal Mines

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Old coal mines that have been abandoned could have an important role in our future. Ben Chafin, the Virginia senator, believes that these empty areas could be filled with renewable energy sources and the state government has passed legislation to do that. A couple of electric companies in the area will be researching to see how this will be attainable.

The companies behind that research are Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power. So far, they’ve developed a method of creating pumped-storage hydroelectric power. There would be two pools of water -- one above the coal mine and one in the shaft. Gallons of water would be pushed up to the top, and when power needs to be generated, the water would run down into the mines through a hydropower plant.