Optimal Operational Analysis of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project

by Kim L. Hiew, Colorado State Univ, United States,
John W. Labadie, Colorado State Univ, United States,
John F. Scott, Colorado State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers


The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District is currently investigating the feasibility of constructing a major water storage project on the mainstem of the Poudre River for water supply and power generation purposes. With the addition of the Windy Gap Project for augmenting supplies to the Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) Project has come the need to reevaluate operating strategies for the C-BT system. This has focused attention on the possibility of operationally integrating the C-BT system and the proposed Poudre Project for thier mutual enhancement. In particular, the C-BT system could provide additional water for the proposed Poudre Project during periods of spill when available flows exceed C-BT demands. This study combines simulation and optimization techniques for determining how much water could reliably be made available for transfer to the proposed Poudre Project, while satisfying all C-BT water and energy requirements. Multiple regression techniques are applied to the results for determining optimal feedback decision policies for the C-BT system.

Subject Headings: Project management | Hydro power | Reservoirs | Water conservation | Water resources | Water supply systems | Power plants | Water policy | Colorado | United States | Colorado River

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