Quantifying the Maximum Capability of Hydroplants

by Gordon B. Freeny, Western Area Power Administration, Golden, CO, USA,
Robert E. Bellamy, Western Area Power Administration, Golden, CO, USA,
Larry Y. Shiao, Western Area Power Administration, Golden, CO, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85

Abstract: A procedure was developed to quantify the maximum hydropower capability. This procedure basically consists of two steps: dividing the total available water into weekday and weekend components; and prioritizing these component water releases by dividing the weekday and weekend water components into onpeak and offpeak components. The minimum flow requirements have the highest priority followed by weekday onpeak, weekend onpeak, weekday offpeak, and weekend offpeak. This procedure has been applied to quantify the maximum capability of existing hydropower systems in determining the marketable capability and also provide hourly water release data. This procedure can be applied to analyze and schedule release patterns.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Water resources | Scheduling | Power plants | Systems management | Hydrologic data

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