Planning for Small-Scale Hydroelectric Development: A State Responseby Gary Waltenbaugh, Oregon Dep of Energy, OR, USA,
Abstract: A 'surplus' of power in the Pacific Northwest region of the country has brought with it a declining interest in the generation of new electrical energy supplies. The time, money and effort expended in pursuit of small power production are perceived by many as having largely gone unrewarded. This viewpoint also holds that governments, at every level, are unwilling to embrace renewable resource technologies with any lasting sense of commitment. In Oregon, nowhere is this debate more concentrated than in the planning for small-scale hydroelectric development. Management of the rivers and streams in the state is a challenge. Competition for use of the water resource is keen, placing a heavy burden on agencies, boards and commissions charged with maintaining a balance between environmental protection and renewable development opportunities. This paper discusses how a state responds to the challenge.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Water resources | Power plants | Power supply | Resource management | Environmental issues | Government | Pacific Northwest | North America | United States | Oregon
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