Tag Archives: hydroelectric power

The Case for Hydro Power

By WW The Colbrun hydroelectric project in Chile illustrates the regulatory and political constraints on hydro power that operate in most OECD countries. It is perhaps ironic that one of the oldest, cleanest, cheapest and most reliable forms of renewable energy-water power-draws such environmental opposition and so little development interest. The problem, of course, stems […]

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Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: Lifecycle Emissions

By Tyler Ellis Much has written about the importance of transitioning to a low-carbon economy and what the new electricity mix should be according to the particular author’s preferences. However, not much has been written on actually how to transition to a low-carbon economy. To study this transition, a full “lifecycle analysis” should be performed […]

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Low energy prices and incremental tariff structure for power companies: the perfect storm

By N. R. As we discussed in class, there seem to be some efficiency projects that are “no-brainers”. A company can reduce waste (be it CO2 emissions, trash, etc), cut costs and potentially market the social responsibility aspects of its actions all at the same time. Right? Wrong. Information asymmetry, cheap energy prices and incremental […]

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Statistics that Miss the Mark(et)

By Mike V. What does hydroelectric power generation cost? This is a question everyone instinctively realizes has a wide range of answers depending on the available water source. Before any discussion of cement prices or permitting costs, it is intuitive that respective costs per output at a flat, dry plain are nearly infinite those at […]

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Chile’s Electricity Conundrum

By Edward K. In discussing the Future of Chile’s Power, we did a simple calculation in class to determine the overnight cost per megawatt-hour of building a new power plant. It looks like this when assuming a 10% discount rate and an asset life of 40+ years: According to the values in the table above, […]

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