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3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room: Four Seasons Ballroom 3&4
Speaker
Brian Good
Chief Administrative Officer
Denver Water
United States
Speaker
Kristina Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Speaker
Robert Rowe
President and Chief Executive Officer
NorthWestern Corporation
United States

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 111/113

Expert panelists will discuss hydro’s role and value to the transmission grid as a component of organizational asset management in energy integration. The panel will address what new challenges are in store and how the hydro industry intends to address them by taking a system-wide, full portfolio (read more...)

Moderator
Brent Mahan
Senior Hydropower Consultant
HDR
United States
Panelist
Arne Olson
Partner
Energy & Environmental Economics
United States
Panelist
Clyde Loutan, P.E.
Senior Advisor, Renewable Energy Integration
California ISO
United States
Panelist
Francis Halpin
Supervisory Physical Scientist
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Panelist
John Moura
Director, Reliability Assessment & System Analysis
North American Electric Reliability Corporation
United States
Panelist
Matt Coleman
Portfolio Analyst
Nephila Advisors LLC
United States
Sponsored by:

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 102/104

During this interactive session, panelists will discuss construction risks ranging from appropriate risk transfer and hydrology risks to appropriate levels of investigation and cost certainty. Panelists will include dam owners, contractors and consultants, each of whom will share their experiences and lessons (read more...)

Moderator
James Law
Regional Manager, Water Power
Hatch Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Jennifer Williams
Engineer
AECOM
United States
Panelist
John France
Dams and Hydropower Technical Practice Network National Leader
AECOM
United States
Panelist
Kevin Schneider
Business Development Manager
Barnard Construction Company Inc.
United States
Panelist
Robert Muncil
Senior Account Executive
Cool Insuring Agency Inc.
United States
Panelist
Steve Wenke, PE
Chief Generation Engineer
Avista Utilities
United States
Sponsored by:

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 106

This session will feature a panel of industry experts discussing what developers have learned as they have successfully deployed wave and ocean energy units in Canada and other international locations. They will also discuss where MHK fits in with conventional hydro and how MHK can contribute to (read more...)

Moderator
Jason Busch
Executive Director
Oregon Wave Energy Trust
United States
Panelist
Bill Staby
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Resolute Marine Energy
United States
Panelist
Reenst Lesemann
Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Power Technologies
United States
Panelist
Tim Mundon
Director of Marine Operations
Oscilla Power
United States

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 107/109

This panel will explore how domestic and international power marketers, customers, private and public utilities, and regional generation organizations value energy and ancillary service products. You will hear from power marketers who routinely integrate hydroelectric and other renewable generation products into their power marketing portfolio (read more...)

Moderator
Steven Kerns
Manager
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Panelist
David Dernovsek
Customer Account Executive
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Panelist
David Surla
Commercial Engineer
Electricite de France
France
Panelist
Debbie Gray
Senior Manager - Business Development
Hydro-Quebec
Canada
Panelist
Gregory Brinkman
Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 108/110
This cutting-edge show-and-tell exposes all of the new technologies that are available for inspections of hydropower plants.  Take a peek at laser and infrared technology, borescopes, drones, and the apps that bring high-definition information to inspections. (read more...)
Moderator
Michael Mann
Field Service Operations Leader - Hydro North America
GE Renewable Energy
United States
Panelist
Brett Bauer
Vice President
Canyon Resources
United States
Panelist
Matthew Dunlap, P.E.
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Kleinschmidt
United States
Sponsored by:

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 103

This session will discuss what might be possible if we look for a complete paradigm shift in the way we structure legislation and regulations that impact hydropower. The discussion will highlight new policy proposals that could help grow hydropower. What is needed to improve funding and market conditions? What (read more...)

Moderator
Rich Powell
Managing Director, Policy  & Strategy
ClearPath Foundation
United States
Panelist
Linda Church Ciocci
Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Richard Roos-Collins
Principal
Water and Power Law Group PC
United States
Panelist
Tim Welch
Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Sponsored by:

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 105
The Colorado River extends across seven states as well as the Mexican border. This panel will discuss the complex issues associated with this vast watershed, including international border issues. The Colorado River is over-allocated with (read more...)
Moderator
James Eklund
Director
Colorado Water Conservation Board
United States
Panelist
Eric Kuhn
General Manager
Colorado Water Conservation District
United States
Panelist
Terry Fulp
Regional Director, Lower Colorado Region
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 201

This session will provide a collection of case studies on various topics related to turbine design, protection systems, maintenance/reliability, and cyclic fatigue of hydro (read more...)

Session Chair
Barry Brookshire
Hydro Plant Manager
Southern Company
United States
Session Co-Chair
James Volk, P.E., PMP
VP of Engineering
SEGRITY LLC
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Artem Ivashchenko
Project Engineer
Mechanical Solutions Incorporated
United States
Co-Author
Edward Bennett, Ph. D.
Vice President of Fluids Engineering
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
United States
Speaker
Peter Rodrigue
Senior Mechanical Consultant
Hatch
United States
Speaker
Alexandre Raymond
Lead Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
Canada
Co-Author
Nicolas Dehlinger
Design Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
United States
Speaker
Andrew Ware
Senior Hydraulic Engineer
American Hydro Corporation
United States
Co-Author
Gregory Reichert
Senior Project Manager
AECOM
United States
Co-Author
Karl Tingwald
Hydro Engineer
AECOM
United States
Co-Author
Peter Smith
Senior Engineer
AECOM
United States
Co-Author
William Carlisle
General Manager
Friant Power Authority
United States
Speaker
Ozren Oreskovic, Mag.Ing
Managing Director
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
Davor Bojic
Mr. sc.
HEP
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
John Letal
Rotating Machines Engineer
Iris Power
Canada

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 203

The session presents papers describing the hydraulic design and operation of new and existing hydroelectric facilities, including pumped storage and small hydro developments. Tools include numerical and physical modeling to assess sediment management concerns, impacts of operation and overall hydraulic design of the (read more...)

Session Chair
Brian Hughes
Principal
Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Canada
Session Co-Chair
Marcela Politano
Research Engineer
The University of Iowa
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Dan Gessler, PhD, PE, DWRE
Vice President
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Johansson
Director of Hydraulic Modeling
Alden Research Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Ed Hathaway
Chief Dam Safety Engineer
FirstLight Power Resources
United States
Co-Author
Will Fay
Associate Engineer
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc
United States
Speaker
Peter Drown
Owner
Cleantech Analytics
United States
Speaker
Josh Mortensen
Hydraulic Engineer
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Co-Author
Bryan Heiner
Hydraulic Engineer, Reclamation Team Lead
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Speaker
Robert Adams, P.Eng.
Specialist Engineer
Knight Piesold Ltd
Canada

9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 205

Current developments in fish protection and passage from international and North American studies are presented. State-of-the-art turbine and barrier technologies for fish protection are discussed.  Methods to assess the effectiveness of those measures and tracking of vulnerable species are (read more...)

Session Chair
Wayne Lifton
Senior Aquatic Ecologist
Cardno
United States
Session Co-Chair
Jennifer Hill, PhD
Director, Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Stephen Amaral
Principal Fisheries Biologist
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Christine Tomichek
Fisheries Group Team Leader
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Co-Author
George Hecker, P.E.
Senior Consultant
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Gregory Allen, P.E.
Director, Environmental and Engineering Services
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Jesse Waldrip, P.E.
Senior Engineer
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Co-Author
Keith Locke
Co-Owner
On Point Construction Services, LLC
United States
Co-Author
Paul Ducheney
Hydro Superintendent
Holyoke Gas & Electric
United States
Co-Author
Richard Murray
Compliance Engineer
Holyoke Gas & Electric
United States
Co-Author
Songheng Li
Principal Engineer
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Speaker
Kristopher Tousaint
Lead Engineer in Hydrodynamics
GE Renewable Energy
Canada
Co-Author
Remi Gosselin
Post-doctoral fellow
GE Renewable Energy / Université Laval
Canada
Speaker
Norman Perkins
Senior Civil Engineer
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Celeste Fay
Engineer
Hydropower Consulting Specialists LLC
United States
Co-Author
George Hecker, P.E.
Senior Consultant
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
James Walsh
President
Rennasonic, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Jeremy Smith
Sales Manager, Strategic Projects
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Paul Jacobson, Ph.D.
Senior Technical Leader and Waterpower Program Manager
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
United States
Co-Author
Peter Ludewig
Director - Hydro Engineering
New York Power Authority
United States
Speaker
Martin Weber
Senior Project Manager
Stanley Consultants, Inc.
United States
Speaker
Todd Deligan
Vice President Business Development
Whooshh Innovations
United States
Speaker
Todd Hatfield
Senior Environmental Scientist, Project Manager
Ecofish Research Ltd.
Canada

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 111/113
Panelists will discuss both tactical and strategic asset management planning in a risk-informed decision making environment. They will cover the need to address effective communication among all stakeholders and the importance of business plans with consideration of not only life cycle but regional, corporate and system (read more...)
Moderator
Kyle Jones
Senior Hydropower Program Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Gordon Ashby
Federal Columbia River Power System Asset Strategies
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Panelist
Phil Jones
Vice President, Marketing and Business Development
Copperleaf Group
Canada
Panelist
Randy Herrin, P.E.
General Manager Regulated Renewables
Duke Energy Corporation
United States
Sponsored by:

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 102/104
Learn from dam safety professionals how they unlocked the mysteries their structures have presented. You will hear about real mysteries, how they were discovered and the tools used to diagnose the problem. The panelists will engage audience participation in discussing the problem, determine if the problem (read more...)
Moderator
Tor Hansen
Vice President
Barr Engineering Co.
United States
Panelist
Adam Monroe
Dam Safety Engineer
Consumers Energy Company
United States
Panelist
Dean Steines
Principal Plant Engineer, Hydro Operations
Xcel Energy
United States
Panelist
Nicholas Agnoli
Branch Chief
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
Richard Dulin, P.E.
Senior Hydro-Mechanical Engineer
AECOM
United States
Panelist
Scottie Barrentine, PE
Civil Engineer, Geotechnics
Tennessee Valley Authority
United States
Sponsored by:

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 106

This session will discuss the promise of the MHK industry being developed globally and why it warrants investment. The panelists will identify and discuss the challenges for the MHK industry and arm attendees with data and narrative for use to help persuade potential investors, as well as represent the value (read more...)

Moderator
Al LiVecchi
Laboratory Program Manager, Water Power
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Levi Kilcher
Research Scientist
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 107/109

Attendees will gain an understanding of the basic requirements for today’s power purchase agreements and interconnection agreements in North America. Panelists will explore what can be expected in terms of PPA and interconnection agreement costs and study requirements for a new project and hear about typical costs (read more...)

Moderator
Jason Spreyer
Senior Vice President - Business Development
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
United States
Panelist
Matthew Ocwieja
Vice President - Asset Management
Eagle Creek Renewable Energy
United States
Panelist
Paul Jacob
Chief Commercial Officer
Rye Development
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 108/110

Time is money. If an outage is coming, how can plant owners maximize the opportunity while ensuring that timing is realistic and variables are managed? Sometimes when we raise the hood, we discover many unexpected issues. Hear from experts regarding what managers can do to make the most (read more...)

Moderator
Bill Moore, PE
Technical Executive, Electrical Generators
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Panelist
David Thompson, PE
Senior Project Manager
HDR
United States
Panelist
Greg Stone
Electrical Engineer
Iris Power - Qualitrol Corp
Canada
Panelist
Jim Guenther
Maintenance and Capital Projects Coordinator
Lower Colorado River Authority
United States
Panelist
Kapila Nanayakkara
Principal Electrical Engineer
Snowy Hydro Ltd
Australia
Panelist
Preston Pierce
General Manager, Hydro West
Duke Energy
United States
Sponsored by:

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 103

The panel will highlight innovative policies at the state level and their effects on hydropower. The session will include a roundup from states that are leading the way, such as Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Vermont. The discussion will include: low cost financing program, coordinated (read more...)

Moderator
Kurt Johnson
Principal
Telluride Energy
United States
Panelist
Lindsay George
Owner
Small Hydro Consulting, LLC
United States
Panelist
Margi Hoffmann
Government Relations Director
Farmers Conservation Alliance
United States
Panelist
Mike Brod
Director
Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
United States
Sponsored by:

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 105
Format: Panel

With the Paris Agreement and a worldwide focus on sustainability, the hydropower industry is in a unique position to support sustainability goals. This session will discuss how we define sustainability within the context of hydropower generation. Is “sustainability” a trend for today or will we see (read more...)

Moderator
Jenna Borovansky
Environmental/Regulatory Manager
HDR
United States
Panelist
C. Richard Donnelly
Principal Consultant
Hatch
Canada
Panelist
Jeffrey Leahey
Deputy Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 201
Format: Paper

This session explores the challenges often encountered in developing small hydro sites worldwide, with practical examples and discussion of the potential to improve the (read more...)

Session Chair
Dale Probasco
Managing Director, Global Generation Services
Navigant
United States
Session Co-Chair
Rajesh Dham
Technology Manager
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Jeremy Wells
Civil Engineer
Wells Engineering
United States
Co-Author
Alan Michalewicz
General Manager and Chief Executive Officer
White River Electric Association
United States
Co-Author
Craig Ullmann
Water Resources Engineer
Applegate Group, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Lindsay George
Owner
Small Hydro Consulting, LLC
United States
Speaker
Narendra Amarnani
Project Manager
County of Los Angeles - Internal Services Department
United States
Co-Author
Adam Ariki
Assistant Deputy Director, Public Works
Los Angeles County Waterworks District
United States
Co-Author
Nikolas Vokhshoori
Senior Civil Engineering Assistant
Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts
United States
Co-Author
Nora Hernandez
Section Managers
Los Angeles County, Internal Services Department, County Office of Sustainability
United States
Co-Author
T.J. Kim
Senior Civil Engineer
Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts
United States
Speaker
Kenneth Starr
Director of Outreach
American Governor Company
United States
Speaker
Jose Guilherme Nascimento
Director
Minas PCH S.A.
Brazil
Co-Author
Andréia Nascimento
Technical Manager
Energen Consultants
Brazil
Co-Author
Fabiano Mafra
Regulatory Affairs Manager
Brasil PCH S.A.
Brazil

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 203

Modern asset management programs improve availability, efficiency and operational flexibility by utilizing a risk- and value-based methodology to prioritize investments across the fleet. This session will examine various elements of the asset management program at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, risk assessment program for large dams at Tennessee Valley (read more...)

Session Chair
Vibhu Kaushik
Principal Manager, Resource Planning & Optimization
Southern California Edison
United States
Session Co-Chair
Tim Ramsey
Vice President
Mesa Associates, Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Michael Kilbride
Operations Research Analyst
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Douglas Ellsworth
Senior Asset Management Specialist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Gordon Ashby
Federal Columbia River Power System Asset Strategies
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Co-Author
Mark Parrish
Senior Mathematician
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Robert Patev
National Risk Advisor
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Robert Patev
National Risk Advisor
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Gordon Ashby
Federal Columbia River Power System Asset Strategies
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Co-Author
Mark Parrish
Senior Mathematician
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Michael Kilbride
Operations Research Analyst
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Michael Crouch
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International
United States
Speaker
Joerg Necker
Head of Kaplan Development
Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Co-Author
Carsten Mende
Development Engineer
Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Co-Author
Gustavo Arantes
Development Engineer
Voith Digitial Solutions GmbH
Germany

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: 205

This session will explore cyber security and plant control challenges faced by the hydroelectric industry now and in the future, as well as how these challenges can be met and (read more...)

Session Chair
Steve Poteet
Senior Project Manager
HDR
United States
Session Co-Chair
Yongfen Gao
Senior Engineer
Shangdong Luneng Engineering Company
China
Presentations:
Speaker
Demos Andreou
Senior Communications Engineer
Eaton
United States
Co-Author
Jess Yenter
Project Leader
Eaton
United States
Speaker
Scott Ginesin
Vice President Business Development and Operations
American Governor Company
United States
Speaker
John Holbrook
Director of Operations, Sales and Marketing
Systems Integrated
United States
Co-Author
Larry Pomatto
Director of Engineering
Systems Integrated
United States
Speaker
Umair Masud
Product Manager, Consulting Services
Rockwell Automation
United States
Co-Author
Tom McDonnell
Power Generation Industry Leader, North America
Rockwell Automation
United States
Speaker
Yang Ting Yong
China Yangtze Power Co. Ltd
China
Co-Author
Li Juan
China Yangtze Power Co. Ltd
China
Co-Author
Xie QiuHua
China Yangtze Power Co. Ltd.
China

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 111/113

Attendees will learn about emerging industry technologies and tools for asset management and how they are applied. The discussion will cover such (read more...)

Moderator
Peter Finnegan
Senior Mechanical Engineer
BC Hydro and Power Authority
Canada
Panelist
David Brown, P.E.
Chief, Automated Controls and Cyber Security Branch
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hydroelectric Design Center
United States
Panelist
Dennis Schwartz
Client Services Manager
CH2M
United States
Panelist
Mark Parrish
Senior Mathematician
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Rodrigo Freig
BIM Manager Hydro Power and Delivery
SNC Lavalin
Canada
Panelist
Roselia Moreno
Manager, Reliability Engineering
Acclaro - Reliability Works
Canada
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 102/104

This interactive session will showcase dam removal and decommissioning projects, lessons learned from planning through completion, and recommendations to carry forward for future projects. Site-specific requirements drive the approach for individual projects, and case studies and examples will be provided that describe elements of success, as (read more...)

Moderator
Del Shannon, PE
Design Manager
ASI Constructors Inc.
United States
Panelist
Craig Hall
Principal Geotechnical Engineer
GEI Consulting
United States
Panelist
Mark Perry
Dam Safety Engineer
Colorado State Engineers Office
United States
Panelist
Pete Stroud
Senior Associate Engineering Geologist
Aspect Consulting
United States
Panelist
Seth Gentzler
Hydrology & Hydraulics Group Manager
URS Corporation
United States
Panelist
Troy Naperala
Michigan Water Business Leader
AECOM
United States
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 106

This panel will focus on “balance of plant” issues and the technologies, services and components that are common to both conventional and marine hydropower markets. Panelists will explore opportunities for cross-selling products and services between the conventional hydro supply chain and MHK and vice (read more...)

Moderator
Richard Williams, PMP
Director, Columbia Region
Leidos Maritime Solutions
United States
Panelist
David Browning
VP
ALTMAN BROWNING AND CO.
United States
Panelist
Lars Hansen
President
MacArtney Inc.
United States
Panelist
Paul Jacobson, Ph.D.
Senior Technical Leader and Waterpower Program Manager
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
United States
Panelist
Randy Connett
Principal
Omega Power Engineers, LLC
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 107/109

This panel will imagine how future hydroelectric projects will look and how they will be different from today’s conventional projects. Panel members will discuss how to develop low-head projects economically with minimal environmental and social impact. In addition, ideas will be presented on what can (read more...)

Moderator
Brennan Smith
Program Manager, Hydropower Technology
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Adam Witt
Hydropower Systems Research Engineer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
David Sinclair
President
Advanced Hydro Solutions
United States
Panelist
Gia Schneider
Chief Executive Officer
Natel Energy
United States
Panelist
Rick McLaughlin
Senior Project Manager
McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group
United States
Panelist
Wendy Bley
Senior Consultant
TRC
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 108/110

The big event is here! It is time to return a unit to service. What checks need to be completed to avoid surprises? A good commissioning plan holistically ensures that the system is ready to join the grid. This discussion explores the basics, best practices, new North American (read more...)

Moderator
Richard Schaefer
Senior Application Specialist
Basler Electric Co.
United States
Panelist
Greg Yohe
Senior Project Engineer
American Governor Company
United States
Panelist
Harold Pickett
Superintendent, North Georgia Hydro
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Kevin Marshall
Manager of Hydro Engineering
Grant County Public Utility District
United States
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 103

This session shines a spotlight on how provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act might affect new hydro development and authorization.  What is FAST-41 and will it result in better coordination among federal agencies and permit streamlining?  What are the requirements and qualifications for eligible projects?  (read more...)

Moderator
Charles Sensiba
Partner
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
United States
Panelist
Nicholas Tackett
Technical Advisor in Hydropower Licensing
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
Ramya Swaminathan
Chief Executive Officer
Rye Development and FFP New Hydro
United States
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 105

Gaining insight on tribal and First Nation perspectives can help avoid misunderstandings and build trustful working relationships. In this session, tribal representatives and hydro project owners share their experiences and views on issues related to water resources management and the use of water for hydroelectric generation. (read more...)

Moderator
Elizabeth Molloy
Attorney, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
Brian Lipscomb
Chief Executive Officer
EnergyKeepers
United States
Panelist
Charles Hudson
Intergovernmental Affairs Director
Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission
United States
Panelist
Richard Will
Engineer
TRC Solutions
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 201
Format: Paper
Experts from all over the world discuss opportunities, issues and solutions in the development of hydropower. Case studies are presented, along with results of studies designed to advance development (read more...)
Session Chair
Antonio Fonseca dos Santos
Sustainability Director
Brookfield Energia Renovável
Brazil
Session Co-Chair
Rob Hovsapian
Scientist and Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Ludimila Lima Da Silva
Deputy Superintendent of Generation Concessions and Permits
Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency - ANEEL
Brazil
Co-Author
Helvio Guerra
Superintendent of Generation Concessions and Permits
Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL)
Brazil
Speaker
Thomas Mosier
Consultant (Environmental Specialist)
World Bank Group
United States
Co-Author
David Hill
Associate Professor
Oregon State Unveristy
United States
Co-Author
Kendra Sharp
Professor
Oregon State University
United States
Speaker
Thato Seabi
Post Graduate Student
University of Pretoria
South Africa
Speaker
Andrew Bird
Senior Hydropower Engineer
MWH, now part of Stantec
New Zealand

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203
Format: Paper

Turbines and turbine components are essential to hydropower generation. This session will review case studies and plant experiences, as well as several technologies, to improve performance at various (read more...)

Session Chair
Ben Krzyzewski
Sales Manager - Government Projects
Voith Hydro
United States
Session Co-Chair
Mike Jendro
Regional Sales Manager
Federal Mogul Deva
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Dominik Laufer
Head of Layout Center Francis Turbines
Andritz Hydro GmbH
Germany
Speaker
Miguel Roque
Engineer
EDP - Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A.
Portugal
Co-Author
Alexandre Ferreira da Silva
Estudos e Engenharia de Equipamentos
EDP - Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A.
Portugal
Speaker
Tyler Barrett
Hydro Maintenance Supervisor
Duke Energy
United States
Speaker
Rob O'Neil, P.E.
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Idaho Power
United States
Co-Author
Brandon Harmer, PE
Hydraulic Design Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Speaker
Jeremy Winkle
Senior Controls Engineer
Avista Utilities
United States
Speaker
Ryan Bean
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Avista Utilities
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 205
Format: Paper

The session offers an international look at various aspects of dam safety at hydropower facilities. Issues to be explored include spillway discharge, tunnel investigations, precipitation and river basin modeling, and reservoir-induced (read more...)

Presentations:
Speaker
Miroslav Kurka
Vice President, Water Resources
Mead & Hunt
United States
Co-Author
Warren Hayden, PE
Senior Project Engineer
Mead & Hunt
United States
Speaker
James Yang
Professor
Vattenfall AB
Sweden
Co-Author
Fredrick Marelius
Senior Engineer
Sweco
Sweden
Co-Author
Penghua Teng
PhD student
Royal Institute of Technology
Sweden
Speaker
Endi Zhai
Chief Engineer for Civil Works
China Three Gorges Corporation
China
Speaker
Joe Bellini, PE, PH, D.WRE, CFM
Vice President and Principal Water Resources Engineer
Aterra Solutions
United States
Co-Author
Doug Hultstrand
Hydrometeorologist
Applied Weather Associates LLC
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 111/113
During this discussion, panelists will define critical core competencies, address how to develop a multi-skilled workforce, and discuss leadership skills for a transitional workforce. Particular focus areas will include asset analytics tools being used in the industry and how organizations are addressing (read more...)
Moderator
Cory Dunlap
Training Administrator
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Panelist
Christine Carpenter
Director
Energy Providers Coalition for Education
United States
Panelist
Joshua Bessette
Apprenticeship and Training Coordinator
Bureau of Reclamation
United States
Panelist
Joslynn Hon
Senior Performance Consultant
HDR
United States
Panelist
Larry Gazaway
Supervisory Training Special for Power Plant Operations
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Sponsored by:

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 102/104

More than half of the world's dams and hydropower facilities were built many decades ago, using techniques and standards that are very different from those in use today. What problems are owners, consultants and regulators finding regarding how some of these older facilities were designed and (read more...)

Moderator
Mike Drain
Natural Resources Manager
Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
United States
Panelist
Amanda Blank, PE
Site Manager Hydroelectric and Gas Generation
Alliant Energy
United States
Panelist
Scott Airato
Civil Engineer
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
Steve Nickel
Geotechnical Expert
Olsson Associates
United States
Panelist
Tom MacDougall
Civil Engineer
RJH Consultants
United States
Sponsored by:

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 106

On the permitting and regulatory side globally, generally speaking, MHK and traditional hydro are not on equal footing; regulations seem to benefit one over the other. This panel will feature experts who can provide analysis and also discuss how improved understanding of the regulatory process for MHK and conventional hydro (read more...)

Moderator
Kathie Leighton
Project Manager
Littoral Power Systems Inc.
United States
Panelist
Aaron Levine
Legal and Regulatory Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Tim Oakes
Renewable Group Leader
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 107/109

The panelists will present current case studies for regulatory planning for new unlicensed hydroelectric and pumped storage projects in the U.S. Accelerated approaches, barriers and opportunities will be discussed. The relationship between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers processes will be presented. (read more...)

Moderator
Hoyt Battey
Program Manager for Market Barriers Research, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Carl Borgquist
President
Absaroka Energy LLC
United States
Panelist
Erik Steimle
Vice President
Rye Development
United States
Panelist
Michael Kerr
Chief Executive Officer
New England Hydropower Company LLC
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 108/110

Operating procedures historically were captured on paper, in a file in the office … somewhere. Today’s operations and maintenance employees have access to videos, procedures and instructions on a tablet, bringing visual content right to their fingertips. This session provides tools to get maintenance procedures updated and accessible. (read more...)

Moderator
Arnold Lindsay
Plant Manager, Chattahoochee Hydro Group
Georgia Power Company
United States
Panelist
David Winslow
Civil Engineer
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
United States
Panelist
Lan Phan
Specialist Engineer
BC Hydro
Canada
Panelist
Mark Binsfeld
Vice President of Business Development
J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Timothy Mitchell
APC Hydro Journeyman
Alabama Power
United States
Sponsored by:

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 103
The U.S. President issued directives to update mitigation policies in 2015. How might mitigation banking and other approaches being used across landscapes and for other renewable energy sources affect hydropower development? The discussion will include how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mitigation policies and U.S. Forest Service's and Bureau of (read more...)
Moderator
Anna West
Principal and Co-Founder
Kearns & West
United States
Panelist
Frankie Green
National Hydropower Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
United States
Panelist
John Katz
Deputy Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Sponsored by:

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 105

A look at environmental stewardship within the hydropower industry will be discussed by industry experts. Case studies of best practices and technology trends used to manage hydropower projects to achieve solutions that provide positive environmental outcomes will be presented. This panel will discuss how hydro projects (read more...)

Moderator
Heidi Wahto
Senior Licensing and Regulatory Specialist
McMillen Jacobs Associates
United States
Panelist
Dawn Presler
Senior Environmental Coordinator
Snohomish County PUD
United States
Panelist
James Crew
Manager, Hydro Services
Southern Company Generation
United States
Panelist
Kelly Rodgers, Ph.D., P.E.
Energy Program Manager
San Diego County Water Authority
United States
Panelist
Steve Leach
Senior Scientist
Normandeau Associates
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 201

This session specifically deals with case studies provided by hydro plant owners and operators involving plant modernization. The specific focus is on work that included innovative technology and new (read more...)

Session Chair
Mark Smith
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Reivax North America Inc.
Canada
Session Co-Chair
William Newman
Principal Engineer-Hydro Services
GE
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Cristian Mendes
Mechanical Engineer
Enel Green Power Brazil
Brazil
Co-Author
Jonas Brito
Project Engineer
Enel Green Power
Brazil
Co-Author
Roberto Troiani
Head of Hydroelectric Design
Enel Green Power North America
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Berg
Senior North America Hydro Engineer
Enel Green Power North America
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Berg
Senior North America Hydro Engineer
Enel Green Power North America
United States
Speaker
Richard Malloy
Engineering & Compliance Manager
Idaho Falls Power
United States
Speaker
Rod Graybeal
Northwest Regional Manager
Hydro Consulting and Maintenance Service Inc.
United States
Speaker
Steve Melavic, P.E.
Chief, Facilities Operations Branch
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Co-Author
Anastasia Johnson, P.E.
Civil Engineer and Project Team Leader
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Co-Author
Jerzy Salamon, P.E.
Senior Structural Engineer
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Speaker
Sylvain Marier, Eng.,M.Sc.A.
Hydraulic Contracts Engineer
Andritz Hydro
Canada
Co-Author
Christine Monette
Head of Mechanical Analysis
Andritz Hydro
Canada
Co-Author
Shanna Durham, P.E.
Mechanical Engineer, Hydraulic Equipment Group, Technical Services Center
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203

This session features a group of technology specialists providing experience and lessons learned from a variety of applications, from tunnels and penstocks to The Cloud. Attend this session to learn what works well and where new ideas are (read more...)

Session Chair
Phil Hoover
President
H & M Engineering Inc.
United States
Session Co-Chair
Michael Pedersen
Manager, Generation and Operations
Kaukauna Utilities
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Felix Flemming, Dr.-Ing.
Vice President Incubation
Voith Digital Solutions GmbH
Germany
Co-Author
Franz Kunkel
Operational Support Engineer
Uniper SE
Germany
Co-Author
Klaus Engels, Ph.D. MBA
Director Operations Hydro Germany
Uniper Kraftwerke GmbH
Germany
Co-Author
Rudolf Muench
Development Project Manager, Incubation Team
Voith Digital Solutions GmbH
Germany
Speaker
Edward Jenkins, PhD
Chairman
Jenkins Electric Company
United States
Speaker
Mo Ehsani
President and Chief Executive Officer
Quakewrap, Inc.
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 205

As variable generation becomes more prevalent in the market, the value of flexible generation and storage becomes more important as a means to support overall system reliability. This session will explore flexible conventional hydro and pumped storage alternatives to meeting the needs of a variable supply (read more...)

Session Chair
Bruno Trouille
Senior Hydropower Advisor
Mott MacDonald
United States
Session Co-Chair
Rajesh Dham
Technology Manager
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Alexander Schwery
Director R&D Electrical
Alstom Renewable (Switzerland)
Switzerland
Co-Author
Goekhan Sari
Development Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
Switzerland
Co-Author
Renaud Guillaume
PSP Program Manager
GE Renewable Energy
France
Co-Author
Thomas Kunz
Senior Engineering Manager
GE Renewable Energy
Switzerland
Speaker
Dol Raj Chalise
Postmaster Research Associate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Patrick O'Connor
Research Staff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Scott DeNeale
Technical Staff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Peter Materna
Consultant
R L Hensler and Associates
United States
Co-Author
Ralph Hensler
Consultant
R L Hensler and Associates
United States
Co-Author
Vladimir Koritarov
Deputy Director, Center for Energy, Environmental, and Economic Systems Analysis
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Ales Skotak, PhD
Director of Research and Development Department
Litostroj Power, CKD Blansko Engineering a.s.
Czech Republic
Speaker
Vincent Bouillet
Mechanical Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
France
Co-Author
Francois Andre
Principal Test Engineer
Alstom Hydro
France
Co-Author
Hugues Mollet
Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
France
Co-Author
Pierre-Yves Lowys
Expert Engineer
Alstom Hydro
France

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 111/113

Topics to be covered in this session include defining your stakeholders and core internal technical and business skills, finding the balance between internal and external resources, identifying opportunities and timing for outside partners, and looking for and evaluating equipment and service (read more...)

Moderator
Michael Posovich
Chief, Product Coordination Branch, Hydroelectric Design Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Bill Leady, P.E.
Asset Manager
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Panelist
Christopher Lang
Business Development Manager - Western US
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Klaus Engels, Ph.D. MBA
Director Operations Hydro Germany
Uniper Kraftwerke GmbH
Germany
Sponsored by:

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 102/104

Attendees will learn about evolving tools and techniques to increase the efficiency of monitoring and inspection programs, access areas that cannot otherwise be accessed and reduce costs. During this session, panelists will present real-world examples of attainable results from using: remotely operated vehicles (submerged and drones), (read more...)

Moderator
Leeann Gottuso
Civil Engineer
LG&E and KU Energy
United States
Panelist
Benjamin Phillips
Civil Engineer, Generation Services
Tennessee Valley Authority
United States
Panelist
Bob Clarke, P.Eng.
Senior Operations Manager
ASI Group Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Ken LaBry
Chief Scientist, Acoustics
Fenstermaker
United States
Panelist
Robert Cannon, PG
Principal
Schnabel Engineering
United States
Panelist
Robert Romocki
Chief Dam Safety Engineer
Puget Sound Energy
United States
Sponsored by:

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 106

Low-head hydro has several years of advance on marine hydro, both tidal and in-river applications. This panel will discuss how the global MHK industry can learn from this segment of the mature conventional hydropower (read more...)

Moderator
Eric Bibeau
Associate Professor
University of Manitoba
Canada

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 107/109

Panelists will provide case studies of conventional hydro and pumped storage projects under construction or recently completed. They will describe the overall project, its implementation plan, its benefits, environmental and social challenges, engineering and geological challenges, special project features, construction and project schedule, project costs (read more...)

Moderator
Sam Mottram
Managing Principal - Power Services
Knight Piesold Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Don Delarosbil
Project Manager
Astaldi
Canada
Panelist
Josh Vines
Mechanical Engineer
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Canada
Panelist
Scott O'Brien
Project Manager
Nalcor Energy
Canada

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 108/110

Are You Ready to Give up the Switch? Stop Worrying and Embrace the Touchscreen.  Take a step into a modern control room and see what state-of-the-art looks like. Are you ready to give up the switch for electronic controls? What do they look like, are they safe, user-friendly, and cyber-secure? (read more...)

Moderator
Steven Ernst
Chief, Automated Controls and Cyber Security, Hydroelectric Design Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Gregory Judd, P.Eng.
Engineering Manager
Ontario Power Generation
Canada
Panelist
Jeremy Winkle
Senior Controls Engineer
Avista Utilities
United States
Panelist
John Yale
Hydro Plant Engineering Manager
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States
Panelist
Lisa Gentry
Electrical Controls Engineer
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Panelist
Mateo Mengis
Control Systems Section Chief, Hydroelectric Design Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Sponsored by:

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 103

How will recent and pending regulatory changes affect your developments or operations? Both Canada and the U.S. have seen direct and nuanced changes in regulations that are affecting how projects are developed and operated. New changes are coming, from potential changes in law and regulation through pending legal (read more...)

Moderator
Jeremiah Maher
Vice President Regulatory and Environmental
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Panelist
Jolene Thompson
Senior Vice President of Member Services & External Affairs
American Municipal Power, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Kimberly Ognisty
Associate
Winston & Strawn LLP
United States
Panelist
Paul Burroughs
Director of Hydro Project Execution
Ontario Power Generation
Canada
Sponsored by:

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 105

This session will look at the addition of hydropower generation to existing water systems as an additional use of a water right. It will showcase projects that involve reusing the same water to generate power in municipal, agricultural and wastewater systems to provide benefits through multipurpose (read more...)

Moderator
Jan Lee
Executive Director
Northwest Hydroelectric Association
United States
Panelist
Jason Curl
Technology Leader for Water Process Simulation
CH2M
United States
Panelist
Marco vanDijk
Lecturer
University of Pretoria
South Africa
Panelist
Nina French
Chief Executive Officer
Lucid Energy
United States
Panelist
Tim Culbertson
Executive Director
Columbia Basin Hydropower Project
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 201

This session covers work performed and lessons learned when dealing with some of the critical control systems in hydro plants, such as governors and (read more...)

Session Chair
Scott Ginesin
Vice President Business Development and Operations
American Governor Company
United States
Session Co-Chair
Lee Ward
Regional Business Manager
Rockwell Automation
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Alex Korobeinikov
Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Daniel Lundy, P.E.
Senior Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Pat Keller
Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Gao Yunfeng
Proposal Manager
Andritz Hydro Corp.
United States
Speaker
Joe Throne
Controls Engineer
American Governor Company
United States
Co-Author
Matt Roberts
Engineering & Operations Manager
American Governor
United States
Speaker
John Holbrook
Director of Operations, Sales and Marketing
Systems Integrated
United States
Speaker
Henrique Menarin
Research & Development Engineer
Reivax North America, INC
Canada
Co-Author
Alex Benitti
Area Sales Manager
Reivax North America, Inc.
Canada
Co-Author
Cristiano Buhler
Training Manager
Reivax North America, Inc
Canada

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 203

When considering the aging physical plants that make up the backbone of the world’s hydroelectric generation fleet, much attention is paid to the turbines and generators. To ensure successful operations today, and into the future, additional energy must be expended on the safety and integrity of the balance of the (read more...)

Session Chair
Fred Wiesinger
Manager, Technical Support Services
Kingsbury Inc.
United States
Session Co-Chair
Carl Atkinson, III, P.E.
Director, Sales and Marketing
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Leonard Willett
Environmental Compliance Manager, Hoover Dam
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Speaker
Stuart Knigge, PE
Senior Consulting Engineer
Pacific Gas & Electric
United States
Co-Author
Arne Nervik
Consulting Engineer
Nervik Consulting
United States
Speaker
Kevin Quirion
Project Engineer and Manager
Eaton
United States
Speaker
Benjamin Sawyer
Civil/Structural Engineer-in-Training
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States
Co-Author
Jerry Gomez, P.E.
Principal
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 205

The current industry trend is to increase the use of renewable energy sources, including solar and wind generation. These renewable energy sources are intermittent in nature and are not always available when needed. Hydroelectric generating plants are being called upon to stabilize the grid, balance the off generation times for (read more...)

Session Chair
Matthew Balven, P.E.
Geotechnical Project Engineer
Gannett Fleming
United States
Session Co-Chair
Damir Dolenc
Director of Design & Development
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Presentations:
Speaker
Joel Chamberland-Lauzon, Eng., M.Sc.A.
Engineer
Andritz Hydro
Canada
Co-Author
Ben Wang
Senior Engineer
BC Hydro
Canada
Co-Author
Christine Monette
Head of Mechanical Analysis
Andritz Hydro
Canada
Co-Author
Danny Burggraeve
Principal Engineer
BC Hydro
Canada
Co-Author
Jacob Iosfin
Specialist Engineer
BC Hydro
Canada
Speaker
Fabio Pasut
Technical Director and Member of the Board
STE Energy
Italy
Speaker
Eduard Muljadi
Principal Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Cian Marnagh
Director of Engineering
Ocean Renewable Power Company
United States
Co-Author
James Donegan
Electrical Engineer
Ocean Renewable Power Company
United States
Co-Author
Jarlath McEntee
Vice President of Engineering & Chief Technology Officer
Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC)
United States
Co-Author
Vahan Gevorgian
Principal Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Eduard Muljadi
Principal Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Manish Mohanpurkar
Group Lead, Power and Energy Systems
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Rob Hovsapian
Scientist and Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vahan Gevorgian
Principal Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vladimir Koritarov
Deputy Director, Center for Energy, Environmental, and Economic Systems Analysis
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Yusheng Luo
Scientist
Idaho National Laboratory
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 111/113

Effective human asset management is essential. Learn about how unique work cultures and locations affect retention and retention strategies and the importance (read more...)

Moderator
Jim Miller
Consultant
Signal Hydropower Consultants, LLC
United States
Panelist
Claire Beveridge, PE
Hydro Research Foundation Fellow
University of Washington
United States
Panelist
Conrad St. Pierre, PE
Director of Hydro North America, Operations and Maintenance
Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Michael Haynes
Generation Operations and Engineering Officer
Seattle City Light
United States
Panelist
Sophia Abena Tijani
Manager, Technical Training
Volta River Authority
Ghana
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 102/104

This session explores the challenges of engineering the “perfect” solution while maintaining practical construction approaches, which are based on engineering judgment and common sense. Today’s dam safety requirements demand practical reflection when making real-life decisions that includes an assessment of future risks associated with issues such (read more...)

Moderator
Nadja Holowaty
Special Projects Manager
SNC Lavalin
Canada
Panelist
Brian Crookston, PhD, PE
Project Engineer
Schnabel Engineering
United States
Panelist
Endi Zhai
Chief Engineer for Civil Works
China Three Gorges Corporation
China
Panelist
Sal Lamsal, P.E.
Senior Civil/Structural Engineer
New York Power Authority
United States
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 107/109
This panel will discuss power contract management, financing arrangements and how hydrology affects financing decisions. Hydrology and predictable energy forecasting are seen by most financial organizations as the single most significant risk in hydropower project pro formas. Panelists will discuss what is being done to (read more...)
Moderator
David Youlen
Executive Vice President
Eagle Creek Renewable Energy
United States
Panelist
Andrew Locke
President
Essex Hydro
United States
Panelist
Christopher Ball
Executive Vice President
Corpfinance International Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Jaimie Cathcart
Specialist Hydrotechnical Engineer
Knight Piesold
Canada
Panelist
John Collins
Managing Director, Business Development
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 108/110
No plant owner wants to find out if their fire suppression system works. This heated discussion takes on fire detection, CO2 usage versus water mists, and how to suppress the worst-case scenario of having to use fire suppression. Participants will discuss what works well, where to update systems (read more...)
Moderator
James Calnon, PE
Chief, Mechanical-Structural Branch, Hydroelectric Design Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Attilio Zasso
Principal Engineer
California Department of Water Resources
United States
Panelist
Everrett Hume
Senior Engineering Technical Specialist
FM Global
United States
Panelist
Jay Anders
Vice President, Hydropower and Hydraulic Structures
Black & Veatch
United States
Panelist
Wayne Newland
Hydro Compliance Specialist
Georgia Power
United States
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 103
Expert panelists will discuss lessons learned from implementation of the Paris Accord and implications for hydropower, as well as other international programs that directly affect hydro. Representatives from the U.S., Canada and other countries will discuss their national efforts and the effects of (read more...)
Moderator
Ken Adams
President
International Hydropower Association
Canada
Panelist
Bill Girling
Hydropower Development Director
International Hydropower Association
United Kingdom
Panelist
Jacob Irving
President
Canadian Hydropower Association
Canada
Panelist
Linda Church Ciocci
Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 105
Format: Panel

Innovative design and technology for environmental protection are currently under development.  In this session, panelists will discuss the various pathways for resource agency engagement during the design phase with respect to these new technologies.  Panelists will provide insights on the review process for new technologies and will discuss how new (read more...)

Panelist
Gia Schneider
Chief Executive Officer
Natel Energy
United States
Panelist
Mark Bevelhimer, PhD
Senior Scientist, Environmental Science Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Vincent Bryan III
Chief Executive Officer
WHOOSHH Innovations
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 201
Format: Paper

Streamflow and flood protection are an integral part of most hydroelectric projects. This session includes papers presenting the most recent advances in hydrologic, hydraulic and flood modeling and how this modeling influences the hydropower (read more...)

Session Chair
Dan Gessler, PhD, PE, DWRE
Vice President
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Session Co-Chair
Damian Gomez, P.E.
Water Resources Engineer
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Fayzul Pasha
Associate Professor
California State University, Fresno
United States
Co-Author
Brennan Smith
Program Manager, Hydropower Technology
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
DIlruba Yeasmin
Research Scientist
California Water Institute, California State University Fresno
United States
Speaker
Thushara De Silva
Research Assistant, PhD Student
Vanderbilt University
United States
Speaker
Lingzhi Yan
Assistant Engineer
Changjiang Institute of Survey, Planning, Design and Research
China
Co-Author
Anqiang Li
Senior Engineer
Changjiang Institute of Survey,Planning,Design and Research
China
Speaker
Bao Zhengfeng
Senior Engineer
China Three Gorges Corporation
China

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203

Have aging infrastructure? Then this session is for you! Discover how rehabilitation and modernization efforts have increased generation and revenues, and put “sustainability” back into hydropower.



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Session Chair
William Rhoads, P.E., MPEM
General Manager, Generation
NorthWestern Energy
United States
Session Co-Chair
James Walsh
President
Rennasonic, Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Christopher Lang
Business Development Manager - Western US
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Christopher Sickler
Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Fritha Ohlson, PMP
Director, Division of Resources and Rates
Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Co-Author
Peter Hentschel
Chief, Technical Support Branch, Operations Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Sollars
Mechanical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Glen Twining
RMU Project Manager - Whakamaru
Mercury NZ Ltd
New Zealand

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 205

Generators are the lifeblood of a hydroelectric facility. This session discusses various aspects of operating, maintaining, repairing and monitoring this vital piece of (read more...)

Session Chair
Andre Tetreault
Director - Tests & Diagnostics Division
VibroSystM
Canada
Session Co-Chair
Jane Hutt
Webmaster
International Generator Technical Community
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Gary Peterson
Maintenance Manager
Energy Keepers Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Michael Dupuis
President
Hydro Tech Inc.
Canada
Speaker
Francois St-Germain
Senior Engineer
BBA Inc
Canada
Co-Author
Tyson Clinton
Senior Engineer
BBA Inc
Canada
Speaker
Frank Sika
Mechanical Engineer
Volta River Authority
Ghana
Co-Author
Sophia Abena Tijani
Manager, Technical Training
Volta River Authority
Ghana
Speaker
Barvir Sanosian
Senior Hydro Electrical Engineer
MWH Global part of Stantec
United States
Co-Author
Willian Akaishi
Principal Hydro Electrical Engineer
MWH Global
United States

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 111/113

Aspects of this important task include managing our message and reputation, sharing hydro’s value and contribution, and looking at ways to define (read more...)

Moderator
LeRoy Coleman
Senior Manager of Strategic Communications
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Alexandra Lemke
Communications Team Lead
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Darren Goode
Director of Communications
ClearPath
United States
Panelist
Scott Simms
Director of Communications
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Panelist
Timothy Brown, PhD
Public Affairs Leader
GE Renewable Energy
United States
Sponsored by:

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 102/104

Picking the correct tool to assess any given dam-safety or dam design challenge is a critical decision with respect to managing costs and efficiently reaching solutions. During this session you will learn about some of the industry’s evolving modeling tools as they apply to dam engineering and safety. Discussions will include (read more...)

Moderator
Duane McClelland
Senior Water Resources Engineer
CH2M
United States
Panelist
Bill Kappel
President/Chief Meteorologist
Applied Weather Associates LLC
United States
Panelist
Blake Tullis
Professor Hydraulic Engineering
Utah State University
United States
Panelist
Keith Ferguson, P.E.
Vice President and National Practice Leader, Dams and Hydraulic Structures
HDR Engineering Inc.
United States
Panelist
Omid Mohseni
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Barr Engineering
United States

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 107/109

The panelists will present advancements in hydroelectric equipment and technology that are relevant to new hydro development worldwide. Participants will hear about new turbine technology and improvement in conventional hydraulic and pumped turbines, generators and generator-motors, and hydraulic gates and hoists. Improvements would include: new technology, efficiency (read more...)

Moderator
Jeremy Smith
Sales Manager, Strategic Projects
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States
Panelist
Egil Opsahl
Chief Executive Officer
CleanPower AS
Norway
Panelist
Erich Wurm
Design Analysis, Head of CEC Axial
Andritz
Austria
Panelist
Frank Ringsdorf
General Manager
Delphin
Germany
Panelist
Henry Obermeyer
President
Obermeyer Hydro, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Yves Labreque
Tender Strategy Leader
GE Renewables
Canada

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 108/110
This discussion with industry experts will address the new reality that hydro plants are being used for peaking when many were intended for baseload operations. Are machines wearing out faster, what is the cost of start/stops and equipment acting as a spinning reserve, and how do owners (read more...)
Moderator
Roger Clarke-Johnson
Western Region Manager
American Governor Company
United States
Panelist
John Holbrook
Director of Operations, Sales and Marketing
Systems Integrated
United States
Panelist
John Yen, P.E.
Manager
Southern California Edison
United States
Panelist
Scott Fallon
Instrument and Controls Design Engineer
Southern Company
United States
Sponsored by:

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 103
Between 2017 and 2026, nearly 200 projects in the U.S. with an installed capacity of less than 5 MW will begin the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing process. With low energy prices, hydropower owners face dilemmas when considering whether to relicense, surrender or sell. What factors (read more...)
Moderator
Alan Skelly
Chief Executive Officer
Pike Island Energy, LLC
United States
Panelist
Christopher Ball
Executive Vice President
Corpfinance International Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Jim Gill
Director, Hydro Licensing and Water Management
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Panelist
Lars Erik Maurud
Partner
PA Consulting Group
Norway
Panelist
Norman (Norm) Bishop, Jr., P.E.
Senior Executive Project Engineer
Knight Pièsold and Co.
United States
Sponsored by:

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 105
Hydroelectric projects provide unique opportunities for habitat restoration projects. Habitat restoration can occur as part of the construction, during the operation, or at the time of removal of a hydro facility and dam. The panel (read more...)
Moderator
Shawn Puzen
Manager FERC Licensing and Compliance
Mead & Hunt
United States
Panelist
John Esler
Project Manager - Environmental Compliance & Licensing
Portland General Electric
United States
Panelist
Jonathon Kusa
Managing Principal
inter-fluve
United States
Panelist
Sean Collins
Stantec
United States

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 201

This session discusses lessons learned on natural disasters and equipment failure and blends this with succession planning to mitigate future disasters. Integrating millennials into an aging workforce is discussed, with emphasis on succession planning on a mature technology.  (read more...)

Session Chair
Tihomir (Tim) Maricic, P. E.
Senior Engineer Specialist
Ontario Power Generation
Canada
Presentations:
Speaker
Michael Bruen
Vice President
MWH a Stantec Company
United States
Speaker
Ozren Husnjak, Mr Sc
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
John Letal
Rotating Machines Engineer
Iris Power
Canada
Co-Author
Ozren Oreskovic, Mag.Ing
Managing Director
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
Paulo Henrique Santos Feitosa
Electrical Maintenance Engineer
Engie
Brazil
Co-Author
Renato Vargas del Frari
Maintenance Engineer
Engie
Brazil
Co-Author
Tihomir Tonkovic
R&D Engineer
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Speaker
Dale Probasco
Managing Director, Global Generation Services
Navigant
United States
Co-Author
Jay Paidipati
Director
Navigant Consulting, Inc
United States
Co-Author
Rachel Marty
Senior Consultant
Navigant Consulting
United States
Speaker
Susan Mitchell
Director of Human Resources
American Governor Company
United States
Co-Author
Scott Ginesin
Vice President Business Development and Operations
American Governor Company
United States

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 203

This session presents strategies and lessons learned for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing and implementation, with case studies that provide data on how to resolve resource (read more...)

Session Chair
Matthew Chan
Assistant Vice President
WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff
United States
Session Co-Chair
Curtis Dotson
Senior Fisheries Biologist
Grant County Public Utility District
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Sarah Howard
Senior Environmental Scientist
Black & Veatch
United States
Speaker
Alison Jakupca
Regulatory Coordinator
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Speaker
Toby Perkins
Senior Engineer
Knight Piésold Ltd.
Canada
Co-Author
Sam Mottram
Managing Principal - Power Services
Knight Piesold Ltd.
Canada
Speaker
Kirk Smith
Project Manager
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States
Speaker
David Frazier
Project Manager
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States
Co-Author
Stephen Schoenwiesner
Licensing Manager
New York Power Authority
United States

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 205

Every hydro plant owners wants to make the most of the water they have. This session explores what new technology exists that will assist in modernization efforts and help you garner more power from your (read more...)

Session Chair
Lisa Myles
Assistant General Manager
L&S Electric, Inc
United States
Session Co-Chair
Nick Smith
Sales Manager/Project Manager
American Babbitt Bearing
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Francisco Kuljevan, P.E.
Hydraulic Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Calvin Hsieh
Mechanical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Christopher Lang
Business Development Manager - Western US
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
George Brown
Mechanical Engineer
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Co-Author
Jason Foust
Hydraulic Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Speaker
Kota Anzawa
Engineer
Nippon Koei Co. Ltd.
Japan
Co-Author
Andres Muller
Engineer
Nippon Koei Co., Ltd.
Japan
Co-Author
Kazuhiko Yamaishi
Senior General Manager of Electromechanical Systems Department
Nippon Koei Co. Ltd.
Japan
Co-Author
Toshiya Tanaka
General Manager of Hydro Plant Planning Office
Nippon Koei Co. Ltd.
Japan
Speaker
James Volk, P.E., PMP
VP of Engineering
SEGRITY LLC
United States
Co-Author
Eric Wolfe
Director of Special Projects
Southeast Alaska Power Agency
United States
Speaker
Franco Podio
Electromechanical engineer
ENEL - Global Renewable Energies - Large Hydro
Italy
Speaker
Diego Gomez
Smart Hydro Power GmbH
Germany