Seasonal Hydrothermal Operating Plans

by John F. Scott, Western Area Power Administration, Loveland, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


An interactive computer model is presented which provides graphical displays of alternative generation patterns for an integrated hydroelectric and thermal system. The method for analyzing the monthly generation capacity levels and energy for groups of hydroelectric and thermal resources is by the use of load duration curves. The hydroelectric system is committed to its maximum capability to shave peaks during both onpeak and offpeak hours, while the remainder of the load is taken by thermal units in the most economical dispatch based on production costs.

Subject Headings: Thermal analysis | Power plants | Electric power | Seasonal variations | Hydro power | Load bearing capacity | Thermal loads | Electrical systems

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