Federal Vs. Non-Federal Hydroelectric Development

by Sharon Bond, US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, KY, USA,
Bruno Trouille, US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, KY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


This paper presents the methodology and results of economic and financial analyses that were performed to indicate the optimum size powerplants that would be constructed assuming Federal or non-Federal development at several locks and dams on the Ohio River. To cover the wide variety of potential non-Federal developers, three broad categories of developers are defined. The economic analysis was conducted to evaluate the overall long-term costs and benefits of the proposed projects. The paper also describes the spreadsheet computer program that was developed to perform the analyses. The program is driven by a series of menus which allow maximum flexibility in performing sensitivity analyses on economic and financial criteria, capacity and energy values, construction costs, and energy generation.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Federal government | Sensitivity analysis | Economic factors | Power plants | Computer analysis | Computer programming | Financial management | Ohio River

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