Low Flow Impact on Power in the Great Lakes Basin

by K. N. Irvine, SUNY Coll at Buffalo, Buffalo, United States,
B. Price, SUNY Coll at Buffalo, Buffalo, United States,
R. J. Guido, SUNY Coll at Buffalo, Buffalo, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources

Abstract: Approximately 94,400 mW of installed capacity in the Great Lakes Basin could be adversely affected by low levels/flows induced by drought or climatic warming. Methods for evaluating the impacts of low levels/flows are discussed. Power shortages may be expected during low levels/flows, particularly during droughts. Drought contingency planning is discussed and appears the only plausible and cost-effective means to deal with the impacts to generation.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Basins | Low flow | Hydro power | Power plants | Water resources | Water flow | Electric power | Droughts | Great Lakes

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