Title

LOW HEAD HYDROELECTRIC POTENTIAL AT AN EXISTING DAM.

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Date of Original Version

1-1-1979

Abstract

As a part of the United States Department of Energy Low Head Hydropower Program the feasibility of a low head hydroelectric installation on the Blackstone River flow at Woonsocket Falls, the site of an existing flood control dam, has been evaluated by a multidisciplinary study team. A computer system model was used to evaluate the interaction of engineering, economic, and financial cost factors. The major engineering factors are net head, river flow, power plant rating, and power plant efficiency schedule. The energy output was determined from these inputs. Economic and financial factors include power demands of municipal users, power rate structures, wheeling costs, production costs, power plant cost schedule, and production cost inflation. Yearly cash flow and utility functions (performance indices) are the primary output.

Publication Title

Minutes of the Meeting - Pennsylvania Electric Association, Engineering Section

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