Reservoir System Management for Hydropower

by Harry W. Dotson, US Army Corps of Engineers, Hydrologic Engineering Cent, Davis, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development

Abstract: A study was undertaken to develop a comprehensive reservoir operation simulation model of the Cumberland River Basin, located in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. Hydropower production from nine multipurpose projects was simulated using the computer program 'HEC-5, Simulation of Flood Control and Conservation Systems. ' Simulations were made for periods having both severe droughts and floods. Alternatives were evaluated and criteria yielding the most energy benefit using existing operating constraints, storage allocations and installed capacities were determined. Simulation model results using these criteria were used as a basis for determining management for best utilization of the existing system and for evaluating potential increases in energy production due to changes in system management, storage reallocation or increasing plant capacity.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Systems management | Power plants | Reservoirs | Computer models | Hydrologic models | Model analysis | Simulation models | Rivers and streams | North America | United States | Kentucky | Tennessee

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