Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating project: develop an integrated approach to assess sustainability

Boksh, F. I. M. Muktadir (2015) Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating project: develop an integrated approach to assess sustainability. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Hydroelectric energy is the most abundant source of energy for Newfoundland and Labrador. However, the production of this energy has some uncertain and contestable socio-economic and environmental impacts. This research project proposes a new methodology for assessing the sustainability of a hydroelectric project and develops a sustainability index (SIHEP) which can assist policy makers when planning for sustainable development of hydroelectric energy sources. A four pillars concept of sustainability (i.e. social, economic, environmental and governance) is used to construct this SIHEP. The proposed methodology uses the PESTLE framework to identify the relevant parameters. The SIHEP is applied to the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Newfoundland and Labrador. The results show that the project is moderately sustainable, as there are some weak governance issues identified. The research project makes some policy recommendations for the sustainable development of the ongoing Muskrat Falls project which can also be used in other forthcoming hydroelectric energy projects.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 9797
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-77).
Keywords: Hydroelectric Energy, Muskrat Falls Project, Sustainability
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Science and the Environment > Environmental Policy Institute
Date: August 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Hydroelectric power plants--Environmental aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador; Sustainable development--Newfoundland and Labrador; Hydroelectric power plants--Social aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador; Muskrat Falls Power Project

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