Optimal Policy for Reservoir Operation

by Ricardo C. Harboe, Res. Engr.; Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas y Matematicas, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile (on leave at Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA),
Fereidoun Mobasheri, Asst. Prof.; School of Engrg. and Appl. Sci., Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA,
William W-G Yeh, Asst. Prof.; School of Engrg. and Appl. Sci., Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA,


Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 11, Pg. 2297-2308


Document Type: Journal Paper

Discussion: McFall Robert L. (See full record)

Abstract: A method is described for finding the operation that provides the optimal combination of firm on-peak energy, dump energy and firm water supply from a single multi-purpose reservoir which also provides flood and water quality control. Dynamic programming with a physical recursive equation and variation of parameters are used to find the physical production possibility function which shows the transformation between providing firm on-peak energy and firm water supply. From computer results annual equivalent revenue and optimum operating policy are determined. The model is applied to Folsom Reservoir and Power Plant on the American River in Northern Calfornia for representative purposes.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Water quality | Water supply | Reservoirs | Power plants | Energy methods | Floods | Quality control

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