MINEVILLE, N.Y. – A group of engineers specializing in hydroelectric projects across the country is hoping to turn an abandoned iron mine in New York's Adirondacks into an energy storehouse.
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Albany Engineering CEO Jim Besha (BEE-shuh) says the plan is to circulate groundwater that has flooded the empty mine shafts over the years to power an array of hydroelectric turbines.
The $260 million Mineville Pumped Storage Project is undergoing federal review. It could become one of a new wave of such projects tied to the growing market for renewable energy.
The Mineville project would mark a 21st century re-use of a mine that famously contributed iron for the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War on nearby Lake Champlain, and was mined for the last time in 1971.