Overview of EPRI's Hydro Program

by C. W. Sullivan, EPRI, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


The near term objective of the Electric Power Research Institutes (EPRI) Hydro Program is to provide practical and easily used research results and industry guides in the areas of dam safety and hydro relicensing. Efforts in both areas are on a fast track with several key products already completed and available: Downstream Migrant Fish Protection for Hydro Plants; Instream Flow Methodologies; Guide for Developing a Hydro Plant Relicensing Strategy, Vol. 1, Major Issues and R&D Needs; Guidelines for Drilling and Testing Core Samples; Hydro Plant Modernization Guides; Dissolved Oxygen Control Assessment. The elements of the Hydro Program at EPRI are modular and self-standing, providing focused results with very specific targets. The results of these efforts are expected to have a very positive impact in these areas: dam safety, probable maximum precipitation (PMP), relicensing strategy, balancing of power versus non-power aspects, dissolved oxygen control assessment, and downstream migrant fish protection.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Electric power | Rivers and streams | Dissolved oxygen | Fish management | Occupational safety | Power plants | Safety

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