Economic Analysis of Hydroelectric Projects

by Douglas E. Keats, STS Consultants Ltd, Northbrook, IL, USA,
John P. Cross, STS Consultants Ltd, Northbrook, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


This paper deals with specifics and refinements that develop 'rules of thumb' for analysis of hydro projects. The authors' experience is on sites that are 5 megawatts or less. The analysis package consists of several components, including a net present value (NPV) analysis, a payback analysis and an overall revenue and tax analysis. The key element in this study is a sensitivity analysis of the assumptions and specifics which impact the NPV analysis.

Subject Headings: Sensitivity analysis | Economic factors | Hydro power | Construction management | Power plants | Revenues | Taxation

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