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Optimal Provision of Hydroelectric Power under Environmental and Regulatory Constraints

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  • Brian K. Edwards
  • Silvio J. Flaim
  • Richard E. Howitt

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Hydroelectric power plants can quickly and inexpensively respond to changes in electricity demand. However, this operational flexibility can cause negative environmental impacts and these environmental effects are mitigated through direct restrictions on hydropower operations, rather than taxes or other marketbased mechanisms. A dynamic model of hydroelectric generation is used to derive hourly hydroelectric generation and purchases of replacement power to meet contract demand in the presence of these operational restrictions. The pattern of hydropower generation is shown to depend on differences between on-peak and off-peak spot electricity prices within the operational restrictions set by external regulatory mechanisms.

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  • Brian K. Edwards & Silvio J. Flaim & Richard E. Howitt, 1999. "Optimal Provision of Hydroelectric Power under Environmental and Regulatory Constraints," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 75(2), pages 267-283.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:75:y:1999:i:2:p:267-283
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    1. Matthew J. Kotchen & Michael R. Moore & Frank Lupi & Edward S. Rutherford, 2006. "Environmental Constraints on Hydropower: An Ex Post Benefit-Cost Analysis of Dam Relicensing in Michigan," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 82(3), pages 384-403.
    2. Steffen, Bjarne, 2012. "Prospects for pumped-hydro storage in Germany," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 420-429.
    3. Crampes, Claude & Moreaux, Michel, 2009. "Pumped Storage and Energy Saving," TSE Working Papers 09-073, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
    4. Niu, Shilei & Insley, Margaret, 2013. "On the economics of ramping rate restrictions at hydro power plants: Balancing profitability and environmental costs," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 39-52.
    5. Kern, Jordan D. & Characklis, Gregory W., 2017. "Low natural gas prices and the financial cost of ramp rate restrictions at hydroelectric dams," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 340-350.
    6. Bjarne Steffen, 2011. "Prospects for pumped-hydro storage in Germany," EWL Working Papers 1107, University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair for Management Science and Energy Economics, revised Dec 2011.
    7. Zhao, Guangzhi & Davison, Matt, 2009. "Optimal control of hydroelectric facility incorporating pump storage," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 1064-1077.
    8. Crampes, Claude & Moreaux, Michel, 2010. "Pumped storage and cost saving," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 325-333, March.
    9. Crampes, Claude & Moreaux, Michel, 2008. "Pumping Water to Compete in Electricity Markets," IDEI Working Papers 507, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
    10. Niu, Shilei & Insley, Margaret, 2016. "An options pricing approach to ramping rate restrictions at hydro power plants," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 25-52.
    11. Kosnik, Lea, 2008. "Consolidation and ownership trends of nonfederal hydropower generating assets, 1980-2003," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 715-731, May.
    12. Bielsa, Jorge & Duarte, Rosa, 2003. "Modelling water resource allocation: a case study on agriculture versus hydropower production," MPRA Paper 36923, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    13. Lea Kosnik, 2010. "Balancing Environmental Protection and Energy Production in the Federal Hydropower Licensing Process," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 86(3).

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    JEL classification:

    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy

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