Crampes, Claude and Moreaux, Michel (2021) Valeur de l'eau et de l'électricité des barrages-réservoirs.Une version cyclique de la règle de Hotelling. Revue Économique, vol. 72 (n° 3). pp. 377-420.

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The article analyzes the optimal management of hydroelectric dams when natural water inflows follow predictable cycles. The Hotelling rule which determines the trajectory of the value of water in stock must apply cyclically, taking into account the seasonal breaks in water supplies and the needs to be satisfied. When a stock is built, if the capacity constraints of the reservoir are not binding, it is possible to make intertemporal arbitrations as in the management of a non-renewable resource. Then the value of water increases at the rate of interest. On the other hand, if the reservoir is empty or, on the contrary, if it is full, trade-offs are blocked and the Hotelling rule no longer applies. When the turbine capacity is saturated the value of the electricity produced is higher than that of the water which is used to produce it, despite a nil transformation cost.

Item Type: Article
Language: French
Date: 2021
Refereed: Yes
JEL Classification: C61 - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
L94 - Electric Utilities
Q25 - Water
Q42 - Alternative Energy Sources
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 10:43
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 07:39
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