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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
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
Panelist
Richard Miller
Senior Vice President
HDR Engineering, Inc.
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
Dams Business Line Leader, Rocky Mountain Area
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: 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
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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 Hydro
United States
Panelist
Mark Fishburn
District Sales Manager
FLIR Systems
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
Jeremy Harrell
Policy Director
ClearPath Foundation
United States
Panelist
Linda Church Ciocci
Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Matt Rice
Colorado Conservation Director - Denver
American Rivers
United States
Panelist
Tim Welch
Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
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
Vice President 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
Ozren Husnjak, Mr Sc
Research & Development
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
Davor Bojic
Mr. sc.
HEP
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
John Letal
Rotating Machines Engineer
Iris Power
Canada
Co-Author
Ozren Oreskovic, Mag.Ing
Managing Director
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Speaker
David Auger-Habel
Project Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
Canada
Co-Author
David Tessier
Team Leader , Product Definition
GE Renewable Energy
Canada
Co-Author
Nicolas Dehlinger
Design Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
United States

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
Andrew Sanna
Project Manager
GEI Consultants
United States
Co-Author
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

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
Norman Perkins, P.E.
Chief Operating Officer
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
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 Strategic 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.
Vice President Carolinas 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: 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
John Collins
Managing Director, Business Development
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
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
Panelist
Terry Wolf
Manager Transmission Service
Missouri River Energy Services
United States
Sponsored by: <
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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
Hydro Maintenance Superintendent
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:
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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, including Colorado, Oregon, California and New York.  The discussion will include: low cost financing programs, coordinated state agency review of FERC applications, (read more...)

Moderator
Kurt Johnson
Principal
Telluride Energy LLC
United States
Panelist
Jan Lee
Executive Director
Northwest Hydroelectric Association
United States
Panelist
John Suloway
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States
Panelist
Lindsay George
Owner
Small Hydro Consulting, LLC
United States
Panelist
Matthew Swindle
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
NLIne Energy, Inc.
United States
Sponsored by:

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
Principal 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
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, Asset Management & Generation Strategy
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
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
Presentations:
Speaker
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
Yusheng Luo
Scientist
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Demos Andreou
Lead Engineer Cybersecurity
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
Lee Ward
Regional Business Manager
Rockwell Automation
United States
Co-Author
Tom McDonnell
Power Generation Industry Leader, North America
Rockwell Automation
United States
Speaker
Yang Ting Yong, senior engineer
Deputy director of production department
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
Dennis Schwartz
Client Services Manager
CH2M
United States
Panelist
Mark Parrish
Senior Mathematician
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Rodrigo Freig, C.Tech
BIM Manager Hydro Power and Delivery
SNC Lavalin Inc.
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
Greg Gulley
Project Support Engineer
ASI Construction LLC
United States
Panelist
Pete Stroud
Senior Associate Engineering Geologist
Aspect Consulting
United States
Panelist
Seth Gentzler, P.E.
Vice President, Hydrology & Hydraulics Practice Manager
AECOM
United States
Panelist
Stephen Brown, PE
Program Manager
Kleinfelder
United States
Panelist
Troy Naperala
Michigan Water Business Leader
AECOM
United States
Sponsored by:

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
Sponsored by: <
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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 will spotlight how provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the recent Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (HREA), and electric markets are impacting hydropower development in the U.S. What is FAST-41 (read more...)

Moderator
Charles Sensiba
Partner
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
United States
Panelist
David Zayas
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Technical Services
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Michael Swiger
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: 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
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
Climate, Water, and Development Specialist
Climate Context
United States
Co-Author
David Hill
Associate Professor
Oregon State Unveristy
United States
Co-Author
Gina Warren
Professor
University of Houston
United States
Co-Author
Kendra Sharp
Professor
Oregon State University
United States
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

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...)

Session Chair
Wendy Warford
Surface Water Lead, Atlantic Canada
Stantec
Canada
Session Co-Chair
Travis Smith
Senior VP and GM, Hydro & Power Delivery
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Canada
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
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, U.S. Department of Interior
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, PE
Geotechnical Expert
Olsson Associates
United States
Panelist
Tom MacDougall
Project Manager
RJH CONSULTANTS
United States
Sponsored by:

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
Tim Welch
Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Carl Borgquist
President
Absaroka Energy LLC
United States
Panelist
Duff Mitchell
Managing Director
Juneau Hydropower, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Erik Steimle
Vice President
Rye Development
United States
Panelist
Michael Kerr
Chief Executive Officer
New England Hydropower Company LLC
United States
Panelist
Timothy Konnert
Branch Chief, West Branch, Division of Hydropower Projects
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Sponsored by: <
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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, P.E.
Civil Engineer
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
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
Panelist
Julia Wood
Partner
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
United States
Sponsored by:

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 Power Industrial Solutions
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Ryan Berg
Senior North America Hydro Engineer
Enel Green Power North America
United States
Co-Author
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
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
Jean-Alexandre Lemay, P.Eng.
Hydraulic Project Engineer
Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
Canada
Co-Author
Christine Monette
Head of Mechanical Analysis
Andritz Hydro Canada
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
Co-Author
Sylvain Marier, Eng.,M.Sc.A.
Hydraulic Contracts Engineer
Andritz Hydro
Canada

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
Paul Wolff
President
WolffWare Ltd.
United States
Co-Author
Erin Foraker
Infrastructure/Hydropower Research Coordinator
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Co-Author
Patrick March
Principal Consultant
Hydro Performance Processes Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Steve Hulet
Manager, USBR Flaming Gorge Field Division
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
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, PhD
Chief Engineer, Electrical, Hydro
GE Renewable Energy
Switzerland
Co-Author
Goekhan Sari
Development Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
Switzerland
Co-Author
Renaud Guillaume
PSP Program Manager
GE Hydro Solutions
France
Co-Author
Thomas Kunz
Senior Engineering Manager
GE Renewable Energy
Switzerland
Speaker
Patrick O'Connor
Research Staff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Dol Raj Chalise
Postmaster Research Associate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Scott DeNeale
Technical Staff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Ales Skotak, PhD
Director of Research and Development Department
Litostroj Power
Czech Republic
Speaker
Olivier Teller
Product Director
GE Renewable Energy
France
Co-Author
Francois Andre
Principal Test Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
France
Co-Author
Hugues Mollet
Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
France
Co-Author
Pierre-Yves Lowys
Expert Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
France
Co-Author
Vincent Bouillet
Mechanical Engineer
GE Renewable Energy
France
Speaker
Jonathan van Groll
Master of Applied Science Candidate
University of British Columbia
Canada
Co-Author
Ziad Shawwash
Professor
University of British Columbia/Shawwash Consulting
Canada

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
Panelist
Scott Anschell
Vice President & Asset Management
HDR
United States
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: 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
John Hart
Vice President, Business Development
AEC Idom, an IDOM Group Company
United States
Panelist
Josh Vines
Mechanical Engineer
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Canada
Panelist
Lawson Crichton
Western Canadian Business Development Manage
Voith Hydro
Canada
Sponsored by: <
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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
Jeremy Winkle
Senior Controls Engineer
Avista Utilities
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
Panelist
Waylon Bowers
Partner
Northwest Engineering Services, P.C.
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
Adam Ward
Vice President Environmental Affairs, Sustainability and Energy Policy
American Municipal Power
United States
Panelist
Kimberly Ognisty
Associate
Winston & Strawn LLP
United States
Panelist
Phillip Caulier
Director Capital Projects
Nova Scotia Power
Canada
Sponsored by:

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: