Economic Trade-Off between Hydropower and Other Competing Water Uses: A Case of Coteau Creek Station

by Suren N.. Kulshreshtha, Univ of Saskatchewan, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


Using the Coteau Creek hydropower generating station in Saskatchewan as a case study, economic trade-offs between water used for hydropower generation, and irrigation and recreational uses are estimated. A trade-off between irrigation and hydropower generation at the Coteau Creek power station was stipulated to exist for an additional 337,120 dam3 of water. Within this quantity both irrigation and hydropower compete with each other, and are also competing with recreation water use. For this fixed quantity of water, irrigation is the best use for it in the short-run. The trade-off ratio between irrigation and hydro is respectively 25.47:1 and 13:1. The long-run value of trade-off with hydro is estimated at 27 for irrigation and 3.63 for recreation.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Hydro power | Water management | Case studies | Rivers and streams | Water-based recreation | Water resources | Water supply | Saskatchewan | Canada

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