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Idaho National Laboratory

Hydropower
Resource Assessment

1998

Conner, A.M., J.E. Francfort, and Ben Rinehart, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment Final Report (182 KB PDF), DOE/ID-10430.2, U.S. Department of Energy, December 1998. To provide a more accurate assessment of the domestic undeveloped hydropower capacity, The U.S. Department of Energy's Hydropower Program developed a computer model. This model allows a PC user to assign environmental attributes to potential hydropower sites, calculate development suitability factors for each site based on the environmental, legal, and institutional attributes present, and generate reports based on these suitability factors. Modeling of the undeveloped hydropower resources in the U.S., based on environmental, legal, and institutional constraints, has identified 5,677 sites that have a total undeveloped capacity of about 30,000 megawatts.

1997

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1997, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for South Carolina, DOE/ID-10430(SC), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1997, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Tennessee, DOE/ID-10430(TN), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1997, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Nebraska, DOE/ID-10430(NE), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1997, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for New Mexico, DOE/ID-10430(NM), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1997, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Illinois, DOE/ID-10430(IL), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

1996

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1996, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Indiana. DOE/ID-10430(IN), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1996, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Iowa, DOE/ID-10430(IA), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1996, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Hawaii, DOE/ID-10430(HI), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1996, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Minnesota, DOE/ID-10430(MN), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1996, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Wisconsin, DOE/ID-10430(WI), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1996, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for New Jersey, DOE/ID-10430(NJ), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Conner, A. M., J. E. Francfort, and B. N. Rinehart, 1996, Uniform Criteria for U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment: Hydropower Evaluation Software Status Report - II, DOE/ID-10430.1, U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Conner, A. M. and J. E. Francfort, 1996, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Vermont, DOE/ID-10430(VT), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

1995

Francfort, J. E., 1995, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Massachusetts, DOE/ID-10430(MA), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1995, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Maine, DOE/ID-10430(ME), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1995, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Rhode Island, DOE/ID-10430(RI), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1995, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Connecticut, DOE/ID-10430(CT), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1995, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Colorado, DOE/ID-10430(CO), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

1994

Francfort, J. E., 1994, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Montana, DOE/ID-10430(MT), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1994, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for North Dakota, DOE/ID-10430(ND), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1994, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for South Dakota, DOE/ID-10430(SD), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1994, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Utah, DOE/ID-10430(UT), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1994, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Wyoming, DOE/ID-10430(WY), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

1993

Francfort, J. E., 1993, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Arkansas, DOE/ID-10430(AR), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1993, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Kansas, DOE/ID-10430(KS), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1993, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Louisiana, DOE/ID-10430(LA), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1993, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Missouri, DOE/ID-10430(MO), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1993, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Texas, DOE/ID-10430(TX), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., 1993, U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment for Oklahoma, DOE/ID-10430(OK), U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

Francfort, J. E., K. M. Moore, and B.N.Rinehart, 1993, Uniform Criteria for U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment, DOE/ID-10430, U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID.

The DOE's National Energy Strategy and Interagency Hydropower Resource Assessment Team requires a representative estimate of the conventional hydropower development potential in this country. The Hydropower Evaluation Software is a computer model that was developed by the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory for this purpose. The Hydropower Evaluation Software measures the potential hydropower resources available in the United States, using a national uniform criteria for measurement. This software was developed and tested employing hydropower information and data provided by the Southwestern Power Administration. It is a menu-driven software application. that provides the personal computer user with the ability to assign environmental attributes to potential hydropower sites, to calculate development suitability factors for each site based on the environmental attributes present, and to generate reports based on these suitability factors.

This status report details the development of the Hydropower Evaluation Software, the data requirements, and application to the 12 states assessed to date. The reports includes a summary and a plan for future assessments.

1992

Francfort, J. E., and B. N. Rinehart, 1992, Assessing Hydropower Resources, Independent Energy, May/June, pp. 83-84.

Historical estimates of the undeveloped hydropower potential in the United States have often been performed in an indiscriminate manner, with no consideration given to the development of a uniform approach. Additionally, the environmental constraints impacting hydropower development have infrequently been contemplated when estimating hydropower potential. This article describes the methodologies employed in the development of a computer model used to overcome past measurement deficiencies. Environmental (such as fish, wildlife, recreation, historic, scenic, cultural, or geologic values), legal (such as threatened/endangered protection) and institutional (such as federal land ownership) constraints to development are considered as to their impacts on the likelihood of development. A probabilistic value is used to determine reduced developable hydropower capacities. A menu-driven report capability and user-friendly input screens minimize the computer knowledge requirements to successfully use the model. The model is intended to derive regional hydropower potentials, identifying sources of developable renewable energy.

1991

Francfort, J. E., S. D. Matthews, and B.Rinehart, 1991, Uniform Criteria for U.S. Hydropower Resource Assessment, EG&G Idaho, Inc., May, DOE/ID-10338.

1989

Hydro and Electric Resources of the United States National Hydropower Association (NHA), 1989, For sale by NHA 11332 1st Street, N.W. Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20036 (202)331-7551.

1988

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), 1988, Hydroelectric Power Resources of the United States, Developed and Undeveloped, FERC-0070.

This report presents data as of January 1, 1988, on the capacity, generation, and other characteristics of the developed and undeveloped hydroelectric power resources of the United States.

1984

FERC, 1994, Hydroelectric Power Resources of the United States, Developed and Undeveloped, FERC-0070.

This report presents data as of January 1, 1984, on the capacity, generation, and other characteristics of the developed and undeveloped hydroelectric power resources of the United States.

1983

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1983, National Hydroelectric Power Resources Study, For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (202) 783-3238 or -3311.

This plan identifies a set of best-candidate sites for future study of hydroelectric power potential. The plan includes both Federal and non-Federal sites. The final report comprises the following 23 volumes:

Volume Title GPO Number
I Executive Summary 008-022-00212-0
II National Report 008-022-00213-8
III 1978 Electric Power Demand and Supply 008-022-00198-1
IV Future Electric Power Demand and Supply 008-022-00199-9
V Development and Operation 008-022-00190-5
VI A Review of Economic Criteria for Federal Hydroelectric Power Projects 008-022-00193-0
VII Marketing and Transmission of Hydroelectric Power 008-022-00208-1
VIII Environmental Assessment 008-022-00209-0
IX Potential for Increasing the Output of Existing Plants 008-022-00191-3
X An Assessment of Hydroelectric Pumped Storage 008-022-00194-8
XI Technology Assessment of Hydroelectric Power Development 008-022-00195-6
XII Database Inventory 008-022-00196-4
XIII Database Inventory Support Studies 008-022-00171-2
XIV Northeast Power Coordinating Council 008-022-00171-9
XV Mid-Atlantic Area Electric Reliability Coordination Agreement 008-022-00172-7
XVI Southeastern Electric Reliability Council & Puerto Rico 008-022-00173-5
XVI Southeastern Electric Reliability Council & Puerto Rico 008-022-00173-5
XVII East Central Area Reliability Coordination Agreement 008-022-00177-8
XVIII Mid-American Interpool Network 008-022-00179-4
XIX Mid-Continent Area Reliability Coordination Agreement 008-022-00174-3
XX Southwest Power Pool 008-022-00175-1
XXI Electric Reliability Council of Texas 008-022-00176-0
XXII Western Systems Coordinating Council 008-022-00180-8
XXIII Alaska and Hawaii 008-022-00178-6

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