The Wisconsin River System Operations Model: WIRSOM

by Charles T. Feild, BVMCA, Kansas City, United States,
Sam A. Morgan, BVMCA, Kansas City, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The passage of the Electric Consumers Protection Act of 1986 requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to give equal consideration to non-power as well as power values in hydroelectric project relicensing. The Wisconsin River System Operations Model (WIRSOM) was developed to simulate the river-reservoir-hydroplant system within the Wisconsin River Valley. The model can be used to determine the effects of Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company (WVIC) operations on hydropower production, flood control, recreation, and water quality. WIRSOM, when coupled with a set of benefits valuation post processors, can provide an estimate of the economic value of benefits provided by WVIC operations, and can be used to assess changes in the value of benefits associated with proposed modifications in project operations.

Subject Headings: Electric power | River systems | Hydrologic models | Energy consumption | Water-based recreation | Value engineering | Hydro power | Water resources | Wisconsin | United States

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