Identifying Hydropower Operational Flexibilities in Presence of Streamflow and Net Load Uncertainty [HydroWIRES]

Hydropower plants have been traditionally designed and used for base-load bulk energy production, but technological developments and changes to grid needs are making flexible operation more prevalent. Still, hydropower’s flexibility capabilities and constraints are not well understood. The goal of this project is to develop an accurate model representation of hydropower operations that allows for a detailed specification of various constraints and captures the underlying uncertainty from both inflows and net load.