Development of the Hydro Optimization Management System at Alabama Power Company

by Charles M. Stover, Alabama Power Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers


Alabama Power Company is an electric utility serving most of Alabama with a generation mix of 65% coal, 18% nuclear, and 17% hydro. A total of 1682 MW hydro generation comes from 14 plants in three river basins. Reservoirs on the system are utilized for power, flood control, recreation, water supply and navigation. In order to better utilize available water resources to provide better flood control and increased power generation, Alabama Power undertook to develop a system to provide full computerized support of our hydro system. The goals of this project have been to provide both real-time operational support and the integration of all our engineering and data resources in a state of the art computerized environment. The philosophy used in developing the software is to implement system as they are developed so that operators can build their understanding of the tools as they become available and provide the necessary feedback to the developers.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Computing in civil engineering | Energy infrastructure | Hydro power | Electric power | Floods | Water-based recreation | Computer software | Alabama | United States

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