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Accession Number DE2012-1046334
Title Financial Analysis of Experimental Releases Conducted at Glen Canyon Dam during Water Year 2011.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 36p
Personal Author B. Osiek C. S. Palmer L. A. Poch S. Loftin T. D. Veselka
Abstract This report examines the financial implications of experimental flows conducted at the Glen Canyon Dam (GCD) in water year 2011. It is the third report in a series examining financial implications of experimental flows conducted since the Record of Decision (ROD) was adopted in February 1997 (Reclamation 1996). A report released in January 2011 examined water years 1997 to 2005 (Veselka et al. 2011), and a report released in August 2011 examined water years 2006 to 2010 (Poch et al. 2011). An experimental release may have either a positive or negative impact on the financial value of energy production. This study estimates the financial costs of experimental releases, identifies the main factors that contribute to these costs, and compares the interdependencies among these factors. An integrated set of tools was used to compute the financial impacts of the experimental releases by simulating the operation of the GCD under two scenarios, namely, (1) a baseline scenario that assumes both that operations comply with the ROD operating criteria and the experimental releases that actually took place during the study period, and (2) a 'without experiments' scenario that is identical to the baseline scenario of operations that comply with the GCD ROD, except it assumes that experimental releases did not occur. The Generation and Transmission Maximization (GTMax) model was the main simulation tool used to dispatch GCD and other hydropower plants that comprise the Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects (SLCA/IP). Extensive data sets and historical information on SLCA/IP powerplant characteristics, hydrologic conditions, and Western Area Power Administration's (Western's) power purchase prices were used for the simulation. In addition to estimating the financial impact of experimental releases, the GTMax model was also used to gain insights into the interplay among ROD operating criteria, exceptions that were made to criteria to accommodate the experimental releases, and Western operating practices. Experimental releases conducted in water year 2011 resulted only in financial costs; the total cost of all experimental releases was about $622,000.
Keywords Dams
Financial management
Glen Canyon Dam
Hydropower plants
Water flow

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 48G - Hydrology & Limnology
50B - Civil Engineering
Corporate Author Department of Energy, Fort Collins, CO. Western Area Power Administration.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number DE-AC02-06CH11357

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