Federal Vs. Non-Federal Hydroelectric Development

by Sharon Bond, US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, KY, USA,
Bruno Trouille, US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, KY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87

Abstract: This paper presents the methodology and results of economic and financial analyses that were performed to indicate the optimum size powerplants that would be constructed assuming Federal or non-Federal development at several locks and dams on the Ohio River. To cover the wide variety of potential non-Federal developers, three broad categories of developers are defined. The economic analysis was conducted to evaluate the overall long-term costs and benefits of the proposed projects. The paper also describes the spreadsheet computer program that was developed to perform the analyses. The program is driven by a series of menus which allow maximum flexibility in performing sensitivity analyses on economic and financial criteria, capacity and energy values, construction costs, and energy generation.

Subject Headings: Sensitivity analysis | Hydro power | Power plants | Financial management | Federal government | Economic factors | Computer analysis | Spreadsheets | Ohio River

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