Real Options-Based Framework for Hydropower Plant Adaptation to Climate Change

Kyeongseok Kim, Taeil Park, Seongdeok Bang, Hyoungkwan Kim

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The economic feasibility of hydropower depends on the level of energy production, which in turn depends on weather conditions. Changes in runoff volumes directly influence energy production. Therefore, decision makers should take into account different climate change scenarios when making investment decisions for existing hydropower plants. The authors propose a real options-based framework to assess economic benefit of adapting hydropower plants to climate change. The framework enables evaluation of climate change impacts to hydropower. A case study of South Korea shows that investment on adaptation projects creates additional benefit in the regions with increasing precipitation under future climate scenarios. The findings suggest that adaptation projects prevent energy spilling and improve the productivity of hydropower.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04016049
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2011-0030040 and NRF-2014R1A2A1A11052499). The authors are grateful to the colleagues of the Advanced Infrastructure Management (AIM) group of Yonsei University for their academic discussions.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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