Computerized Resource Planning for the Central Valley Project, California

by Karen Crowther, Western Area Power Administration, United States,
Edward Diamond, Western Area Power Administration, United States,
Jean Ford, Western Area Power Administration, United States,
Robin Hanley Witt, Western Area Power Administration, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers


The Central Valley Project (CVP) consists of nine reservoirs and ten powerplants owned and operated by the United States Government. On an average water year basis, the CVP, with a maximum capability of 2024 MW, provides over 5600 GWh for project-use and preference power customers. Sales of water and electric power generate the revenues required to repay the reimbursable costs of the CVP including interest, operations and maintenance, and purchase power and wheeling costs. The CVP does not produce enough energy, on the average, to meet all of its customer's demand. Western Area Power Administration (Western) is therefore required to purchase power and enter into other contracts to make up the deficit. This situation creates the planning challenge of determining the resource mix that best complements the CVP. This task encompasses both the analysis of optimizing CPV hydrogeneration, and of purchase power and transmission arrangements that best complement the CVP in light of current and projected market conditions.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Hydro power | Client relationships | Electric power | Water resources | Electrical systems | Water supply systems | Power plants | California | United States

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