Undeveloped Hydropower Resource Potential

by Garold L. Sommers, EG&G Idaho Inc, Idaho Falls, United States,
Bennie N. Rinehart, EG&G Idaho Inc, Idaho Falls, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The public hearings conducted as part of the National Energy Strategy produced testimony that concluded that the potential for development of hydropower was not well defined. As a result, DOE established an interagency Hydropower Resource Assessment team to review the undeveloped resource potential. A preliminary assessment was completed in February 1990, which indicated approximately 52,900 MW of undeveloped potential for conventional hydropower. DOE is continuing the resource assessment activities which will provide a basis for improving current estimates of developable resources. A uniform criteria and a probability factor computer model has been developed to standardize the assessment process. The process was demonstrated with the Southwestern Power Administration region and made available for application at the other regions.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power plants | Computer models | Urban and regional development | Probability | Mathematical models | Simulation models

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