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We present a set of real-time, short and medium term optimization modules currently used by operations planning engineers as decision support tools to optimize the operation of the BC Hydro system in British Columbia, Canada. We first present our modeling framework and briefly outline models developed and supported by BC Hydro and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's (NSERC) in Canada. We also describe our ongoing research and development efforts to extend the decision support tools we have developed under the Grant-In-Aid Agreement with BC Hydro to address reliability of the water passage and control facilities, such as spillway and turbine gates, and to address uncertainty in model inputs that are typically confronted in operating hydropower systems, such as inflows and market prices, and to address flood risk management of small hydro facilities.


Session S7-03, Special Session: Optimizing Short Term Reservoir Operations III



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