Balancing Power Production with Natural Resource Benefits: Can You Trade Apples for Oranges?

by James Thrall, Harza Northwest Inc, Bellevue, United States,
Bruno Trouille, Harza Northwest Inc, Bellevue, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Recent legislation affecting the licensing of hydropower projects requires that equal consideration be given to power and nonpower resource values. As is the case for past attempts to factor nonpower (fish and wildlife) benefits into the resource development equation, methods to achieve this range from the complex, highly technical to the more pragmatic. Because the ultimate issues under consideration will remain an 'apples vs oranges' question which ultimately will be subject to political/legal arbitration, it is likely that the simpler, more cost effective pragmatic approach will be successful.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Natural resources | Power plants | Wildlife | Legislation | Licensure and certification | Project management | Fish and fishery management

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