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Value of seasonal flow forecasts in Bayesian stochastic programming

TitleValue of seasonal flow forecasts in Bayesian stochastic programming
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsKim Y-O, Palmer RN
JournalJournal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Start Page327
Date Published11/1997

This paper presents a Bayesian Stochastic Dynamic Programming (BSDP) model to investigate the value of seasonal flow forecasts in hydropower generation. The proposed BSDP framework generates monthly operating policies for the Skagit Hydropower System (SHS), which supplies energy to the Seattle metropolitan area. The objective function maximizes the total benefits resulting from energy produced by the SHS and its interchange with the Bonneville Power Administration. The BSDP-derived operating policies for the SHS are simulated using historical monthly inflows, as well as seasonal flow forecasts during 60 years from January 1929 through December 1988. Performance of the BSDP model is compared with alternative stochastic dynamic programming models. To illustrate the potential advantage of using the seasonal flow forecasts and other hydrologic information, the sensitivity of SHS operation is evaluated by varying (1) the reservoir capacity; (2) the energy demand; and (3) the energy price. The simulation results demonstrate that including the seasonal forecasts is beneficial to SHS operation.