Could pumped-storage hydro help Southwest Virginia reclaim its role as an energy hotbed?

Energy News Network: Southwest Virginia lawmakers are looking to pumped-storage hydro and renewables to make the state’s coalfields an energy hotbed again.

The General Assembly approved a bill this month to create a state authority that could win grants and other funding to fuel energy technology research and development. The legislation, which still awaits signature by Gov. Ralph Northam, carries no funding mechanism but erects a structure for the state to support an array of research and development activities in the coalfields.

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