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Reconciling self-sufficiency and renewable energy targets in a hydro dominated system: The view from British Columbia

Amy Sopinka, Gerrit van Kooten and Linda Wong

Energy Policy, 2013, vol. 61, issue C, 223-229

Abstract: British Columbia's energy policy is at a crossroads; the province has set a goal of electricity self-sufficiency, a 93% renewable portfolio standard and a natural gas development strategy that could increase electricity consumption by 21TWh to 33TWh. To ascertain the BC's supply position, a mathematical programming model of the physical workings of BC's hydroelectric generating system is developed, with head heights at the two dominant power stations treated as variable. Using historical water inflow and reservoir level data, the model is used to investigate whether BC is capable of meeting its self-sufficiency goals under various water supply and electricity demand scenarios.

Keywords: Hydroelectric power generation; Renewable electricity standards; Variable head height (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.05.068

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