Changing Legal Issues Regarding Transfer of a Plant Up for Relicensing
Part I of the Federal Power Act ('FPA') includes a little understood, but potentially powerful mechanism for encouraging the efficient development and prudent...

The Effects of Recent Legislation on Conventional, Non-Federal Hydropower
Over the past ten years, federal legislation has created competing economic incentives for the hydroelectric industry - loans and tax credit incentives to stimulate the growth of conventional,...

Streamlining Hydropower Regulation: Proposals for a New Licensing Process
Growing national concern over the environmental impacts associated with energy resources and the increasing dependence on foreign oil sources has resulted in a reawakening of interest...

Hydropower: Making Its Mark in North America
To discover what plans North American hydropower producers have for their hydroelectric resources in the 1990s, Hydro Review conducted a survey of leaders in the hydro generation industry...

Benefits and Applications of Modular Hydroelectric Pumped Storage
Hydroelectric pumped storage is the only proven and most efficient technology available for energy storage. It is used by utilities to provide peak and intermediate power and to optimize...

Feasibility of Adding Small Hydro to Federal Hydraulic Structures in the Upper Ohio River Basin
A national hydropower program exists in which non-Federal interests may develop power at Federal hydraulic structures which have that potential. This paper discusses associated considerations...

Yough Hydro Case History—Development 12 MW Facility
The Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Project (Yough Hydro Project) is licensed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as Project No. 3623. The project is a run-of-the-river facility...

The PEC Headworks Project—A Cooperative Hydropower Development
The PEC Headworks Project is a single-unit hydroelectric facility located at the headworks of the Potholes East Canal at O'Sullivan Dam on the Potholes reservoir near Moses...

Load/Resource Matching for Period-of-Record Computer Simulation
The Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), an agency of the Department of Energy, is responsible for marketing the power and energy produced at Federal hydroelectric power projects...

The Wisconsin River System Operations Model: WIRSOM
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...

Optimising Electric Power From a Small Scale Hydro Plant
The paper summarizes new development in electrical power generation from small scale hydro prime movers. It describes various methods of power generation such as CSCF (Constant speed constant...

Electrical Design Survey
In North America, a mini hydro project consists primarily of the civil works which routes water to the turbine generator and the electrical hardware necessary to interface it with a utility....

Economic Impact of Reduced High-Voltage Equipment Life
In May, 1989, the Western Area Power Administration and the Bureau of Reclamation published a report entitled Replacements: Units, Service Lives, Factors. This report showed that equipment...

Design Considerations for Radial Key Retrofit
A practise that is becoming more and more common is to retrofit hydro-electric generators with Radial Key Systems. There are significant design considerations that must be made to ensure...

Varying Generator Excitation to Control Draft Tube Surge
The Bureau of Reclamation recently experimented with varying the excitation applied to a hydroelectric generator to control power swings caused by draft tube surging in a Francis turbine....

Repair of Rainbow Project Unit Number Eight
This is a case history that discusses diagnosis and correction of a AC synchronous generator problem. The problem involved loss of mechanical integrity between the generator's...

Implications of the 1987-1990 Droughts for Hydropower Generation at Reclamation Powerplants
Droughts in the western United States beginning in 1987 have caused water supply shortages and required rationing of water in some areas. The reductions in water supply have also impacted...

An Improved Incremental Economic Dispatch Method for Hydroelectric Generators with Nonconvex Energy Production Cost Curves
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has undertaken a program to improve water resource management at its hydroelectric powerplants. One feature of the resource optimization program...

Evaluating History—The Edison Sault Powerhouse
The hydroelectric facility owned by the Edison Sault Electric Company at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan was an engineering marvel when it was designed and constructed. This paper explores the...

Generation Control Methods for Operating Efficiency Improvement
One way to increase the energy production of a hydroelectric powerplant is to improve the power production efficiency, that is, obtain more energy for a given quantity of water through...

 

 

 

 

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