Evaluating Hydro Relicensing Alternatives—Impacts on Power and Non-Power Values

by Jennie S. Rice, Decision Focus Inc, Los Altos, United States,
Jim Birk, Decision Focus Inc, Los Altos, United States,
Charles Sullivan, Decision Focus Inc, Los Altos, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


The relicensing of 300 hydroelectric plants in the next decade involves a total capacity of about 4,000 MW - a $10 billion value. A methodology recently developed by Decision Focus Incorporated and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) helps to evaluate the effects of relicensing alternatives on power and non-power values.The paper explains the need for this methodology and describes it. The methodology has four steps: determining the scope of the analysis, synthesizing available data, evaluating alternatives, and evaluating assumptions. Some examples of the application of the methodology are given.

Subject Headings: Electric power | Licensure and certification | Hydro power | Economic factors | Power plants | Environmental issues | Legislation | Decision making

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