Planning for Small-Scale Hydroelectric Development: A State Response

by Gary Waltenbaugh, Oregon Dep of Energy, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


A 'surplus' of power in the Pacific Northwest region of the country has brought with it a declining interest in the generation of new electrical energy supplies. The time, money and effort expended in pursuit of small power production are perceived by many as having largely gone unrewarded. This viewpoint also holds that governments, at every level, are unwilling to embrace renewable resource technologies with any lasting sense of commitment. In Oregon, nowhere is this debate more concentrated than in the planning for small-scale hydroelectric development. Management of the rivers and streams in the state is a challenge. Competition for use of the water resource is keen, placing a heavy burden on agencies, boards and commissions charged with maintaining a balance between environmental protection and renewable development opportunities. This paper discusses how a state responds to the challenge.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Water resources | Power supply | Power plants | Electric power | Construction management | Resource management | United States | Pacific Northwest | Oregon

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