Optimization of Operations—The Manitoba Hydro Experience

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by A. D. Cormie, Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Canada,
P. E. Barritt-Flatt, Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation

Abstract: As part of a decision support system, Manitoba Hydro implemented a comprehensive optimization model for operations planning in the mid 1980's (Barritt-Flatt and Cormie 1991). Since that time the model has been used on an ongoing basis for scheduling of generation from Manitoba Hydro's two thermal generating stations, eleven hydro generating stations and reservoir system. During this period the system has experienced severe drought, floods in particular basins, and major forced outages of generating equipment. Throughout these events, the optimization model has been used to provide effective strategies for managing the operation of the system.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Optimization models | Hydro power | Thermal power | Hydrologic models | Thermal analysis | Power outage | North America | Manitoba | Canada

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