Optimization of Hydroelectric Power Generation in the Paciﬁc NW
With over half of the power in the Paciﬁc Northwest coming from hydroelectric sources and with the limitation that only 30 percent of the annual river ﬂow volume can be stored, optimal planning of water usage is crucial. A previous class at the University of Portland developed a hourly scheduler of a hydro system based on an iterative use of a MILP using Xpress-Mosel. The system contains forty dams, all of which are on the Columbia and Snake rivers and their tributaries. In this study we improved the starting point of the model iterative variables to reduce the number of iterations needed for accurate optimization. Additional constraints were added to the model to incorporate and update constraints on the Paciﬁc Northwest hydroelectric system.
This report has been developed by Nicole Statler, Lucas Burns, and Brandon Sit, from University of Portland on April 20, 2016.