layout: post title: “What is one foot worth to Brookfield?” date: 2012-08-19 category: Worth tags: [economics]


author: Pete Versteegen —


In looking at alternatives to manage the waters of Deep Creek Lake the question arose as what is one foot of water worth to the generator owner, Brookfield. In the absence of direct information from Brookfield as to the revenue capability of the generator facility one has to resort to other means to estimate income and then determine the price/cost of one foot of lake water.

Because the calculations are just order of magnitude numbers simplifying assumptions are made.

  1. Volume of 1 ft of lake water: 3900 acres (lake surface area) x 43,560 ft

2 /acre x 1 ft = 1.7x10 8 ft 3 2. The capabilities of the turbines: 600 ft 3 /sec produces 18 MW (specifications for the turbines; I found somewhere a suggestion that they may be operating at 310 cfs per turbine rather than the nominal design value of 300 cfs)

  1. The number of hours the turbines operate to consume one foot of water: 1 ft implies ➔ 1.7x10 8 ft3/600 ft 3 /sec x 1hr/3600 sec ➔ 78.7 hrs of operation

  2. The total amount of energy produced by one foot of water: 78.7 hrs x 18 Mw ➔ 1,416 MWhrs

  3. The annual production of energy by the facility: Average generation per year is 28,500 MWhrs(from a Stone & Webster report commissioned by Reliant, the predecessor to Brookfield, and mentioned elsewhere) ➔ 28,500 / 1,416 = 20 ft of water.

  4. The average income per unit of energy: From PJM data (PJM is the broker company, coverage includes Maryland and Pennsylvania, that sets all the rates for generation, transmission, and distribution, a complicated process), revenues are around $40 MWhr (can’t get a real number; changes every 5 minutes; took an average between low and high)

  5. The estimated income per foot of water from the Deep Creek Lake facility: (4) x (6) ➔ 1,420MWhr x $40/MWhr = $57K!!!!

  6. The total estimated annual income from the Deep Creek Lake facility: 20 x $57K = $1140K, or $1.1M

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