Hydropower Development under the Utility Concept of Least Cost Utility Planningby Leslie Buttorff, Stone & Webster Management, Consultants, Inc., United States,
Abstract: The impetus behind 'Least Cost Utility Planning' (LCUP) is that if new generation or purchased power could be deferred, the resultant savings could be used to implement the demand-side management strategies that would allow the deferral. This paper focuses on determining the least cost of providing service considering both demand and supply options on an equal basis under the constraints of reliability and risk to the consumer and utility. The six key components in this process that are discussed are load forecasting, analysis of demand-side options, analysis of supply-side options including hydropower, integration, and financial and risk analyses. This LCUP approach integrates these components into a structured process.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Risk management | Power demand | Load factors | Forecasting | Power supply | Financial management
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