Environmental Aspects and Compliance Costs of Hydropower Regulation

by P. H. Loeffelman, American Electric Power Service Corp, Columbus, United States,
K. M. Tamms, American Electric Power Service Corp, Columbus, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Energy in the 90's


Recent experiences by American Electric Power with respect to mitigation at hydroelectric project sites on the upper Ohio River indicate that compliance with environmental regulations stipulated in FERC licenses is significantly more expensive than in the past. However, the uncertainty and magnitude of these costs can be substantially reduced by combining the environmental aspects of hydropower generation with other criteria which determine plant site location, project design and long term operating plans to mitigate known potential environmental impacts. This strategy of minimizing adverse impacts in the beginning to the greatest extent practicable fits well with the regulations, and is less expensive to implement before a new project is constructed.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Environmental issues | Hydro power | Electric power | Licensure and certification | Rivers and streams | Uncertainty principles | Construction costs | Ohio River

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