8:15 AM-8:35 AM
Room: 203AB

• Welcome

• Description of How Course (read more...)

Session Leader
Blake Rothfuss, P.E., D.WRE
Vice President and Project Director
COWI Tunnel
United States

8:40 AM-9:00 AM
Room: 203AB

Attendees will build a solid foundation of hydro basics and facts:

• What Nature Gives Us

• How Hydroelectric Power Is Captured  

• Multiple Beneficial Uses: 

      ○ Energy

      ○ Water Supply

      ○ Irrigation

    (read more...)

Session Leader
Blake Rothfuss, P.E., D.WRE
Vice President and Project Director
COWI Tunnel
United States

9:05 AM-10:05 AM
Room: 203AB

Hydraulic Design of a Project, Including:

Dams (include brief description of different types, e.g., rockfill, earthen, hydraulic fill, RCC) 

• Spillways and Outlet Works

• Gates and Heavy Steel Structures 

• Penstocks, Tunnels, Canals and Flumes

• Discussion and (read more...)

Instructor
Juan Quiroz, PhD Student
Senior Structural Engineer
Stantec
United States
Session Leader
Philip Hoover
United States

10:05 AM-10:20 AM
Room: 203AB

10:20 AM-11:20 AM
Room: 203AB

• Hydro Turbine Overview (Including brief, basic discussion on which types of turbines are optimal for certain flows and heads and on advanced designs for environmental improvements)

      ○ Performance Curves

      ○ Cavitation

      ○ What's New

      ○ Discussion and (read more...)

Instructor
Andrew Ware
Senior Hydraulic Engineer
American Hydro Corporation
United States
Session Leader
Phil Hoover
President
H & M Engineering Inc.
United States

11:25 AM-12:25 PM
Room: 203AB

  • Generators (Fixed Speed, Variable Speed adn Emerging Technology)

  • Governrs

  • Controls

  • Excitation

  • Balance of Plant

  • Breakers

  • Transformers

  • Discussion (read more...)
Instructor
Kermit Paul
Consulting Mechanical Engineer
United States
Session Leader
Phil Hoover
President
H & M Engineering Inc.
United States


1:40 PM-2:40 PM
Room: 203AB

Learn the nuts and bolts of hydropower production as compared to other types of generation, including steam (nuclear and fossil), combustion turbine, and wind.  Explore how to: 




  • Optimize the use of generation sources to meet normal system requirements

  • Take advantage fo the capability of hydro units during abnormal system operations (including black (read more...)
Instructor
Francis Halpin
Supervisory Physical Scientist
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Session Leader
Kenneth Odom, PHD
Senior Engineer
Southern Company Services
United States

2:45 PM-3:45 PM
Room: 203AB

Gain an insider's view of the critical on-the-ground perspective:




  • Role of the Project Operator 

  • Challenges, Including Compliance Requirements and Spill Requirements

  • Discussion (read more...)
Instructor
Kenneth Odom, PHD
Senior Engineer
Southern Company Services
United States


4:05 PM-4:50 PM
Room: 203AB

  • Multiple Uses of Rivers

  • Trade-offs

  • Environmental Considerations

    • Fish

    • Dissolved Oxygen and Dissolved Gas

    • Temperature

    • Water Quality

    • Environmental/Ecological/Instream Flows



  • Discussion (read more...)
Instructor
Stephen Amaral
Principal Fisheries Biologist
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Session Leader
David Coughlan
Senior Fisheries Scientist
Normandeau Associates, Inc.
United States

8:00 AM-8:45 AM
Room: 203AB

  • Characteristics of fee-flowing river and lake ecosystems

  • Common water quality obligations and monitoring methods

  • Mitigation strategies and techniques

  • Discussion (read more...)
Instructor
Chuck Padera
President/CEO
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Session Leader
David Coughlan
Senior Fisheries Scientist
Normandeau Associates, Inc.
United States

8:50 AM-9:50 AM
Room: 203AB

  • National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • U.S. Federal Projects

  • How Projects are Regulated Outside the U.S.

  • Discussion (read more...)
Instructor
Emily Carter
Hydropower Outreach Coordinator
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Session Leader
Mark Killgore
Regional Engineer
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
United States


10:05 AM-11:05 AM
Room: 203AB

Sharing examples of successful communication of hydropower's role and/or value with:




  • School Children

  • Communities

  • Media or Environmental Groups

  • Policy-makers



Discussion (read more...)

Instructor
Bob Bauer
Public Education Specialist
Chelan County PUD
United States
Instructor
Randy Stearnes
Community Relations Officer
Tacoma Public Utilities
United States
Session Leader
Blake Rothfuss, P.E., D.WRE
Vice President and Project Director
COWI Tunnel
United States

11:10 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 203AB

  • Receive your course completion certificate

  • Complete course evaluation

  • Informal dialogue with other course participants

  • Intgrate Waterpower Hydo Basics with upcoming HydroVision International (read more...)
Session Leader
Blake Rothfuss, P.E., D.WRE
Vice President and Project Director
COWI Tunnel
United States

1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Ballroom AB
Speaker
Arshad Mansoor
Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Electric Power Research Institute
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
In today's fast-paced world, the use of advanced technology is imperative and a must to remain competitive. Come participate in this active discussion on how new digital technology and virtual modeling can improve your asset management and organizational data analytics. See how the hydro industry is using 3D models, knowledge (read more...)
Moderator
Teri Lesniak
Senior Marketing Consultant
ABB
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207A
Format: Panel
In today’s world, there is no shortage of instrumentation data with ever-evolving technology and advancements in continuous monitoring. In this session, attendees will learn about the tools and techniques available to analyze big data sets. This panel will cover combining data and engineering judgment to monitor dams and make decisions. (read more...)
Moderator
Leeann Gottuso
Civil Engineer
LG&E and KU Energy
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207B
Format: Panel
During this session, presenters will educate attendees on elements of marine energy power conditioning and grid integration from a technical level, including case histories. Discussions will include transmission line to grid connections regarding how marine energy systems can integrate with new, custom and existing grids through instrumentation being produced, as well (read more...)

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 210AB
Want to quickly get up to speed on cutting-edge hydropower R&D? This session will offer attendees a fast-paced view of the latest tools and technologies being developed for the hydropower community. A series of short demos and interactive displays from a variety of national labs, research consortiums, technology innovators, and (read more...)
Moderator
Adam Witt
PhD Student
University of Minnesota
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203A
Are we learning from operational and safety events when they happen? Do we do a good job of communicating to others what we learn from these events? This session will discuss several real-life operational and safety events and their causes. We will take a look at the corrective actions taken (read more...)
Moderator
Wayne Hardie
Hydro Superintendent
Georgia Power Company
United States
Panelist
Jim Miller
Consultant
Signal Hydropower Consultants, LLC
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207C
Format: Panel
Many small hydro plants in the U.S. are approaching the time for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing with aging facilities, new environmental demands and lower energy prices. Come to this session and learn what regulatory and marketing factors need to be considered in deciding whether to relicense, surrender the license, (read more...)
Moderator
Alan Skelly
Chief Executive Officer
Pike Island Energy, LLC
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 209AB
Format: Panel
There are multiple, sometimes conflicting uses for the water resource. Learn about how all the interested parties share a finite resource, with such goals as fish management, water use, recreation, and hydropower operations. This session will include examples of hydro operators working with other users and interests to mitigate risk (read more...)
Moderator
Michael Murphy
Vice President, Hydropower
TRC Solutions
United States
Panelist
John Crutchfield, Jr.
Director, Public Safety and Recreation Strategy Planning Services
Duke Energy
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207D
Format: Paper
Rehabilitating hydropower assets to meet new operational requirements is needed.  In this session a variety of case study projects provide attendees with details of some of the latest developments and techniques dealing with hydro rehabilitation of existing (read more...)
Session Chair
Tim Ramsey
Vice President
Mesa Associates, Inc.
United States
Session Co-Chair
Tihomir (Tim) Maricic, P. E.
Senior Engineer Specialist
Ontario Power Generation
Canada

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
This session features a range of panelists from both inside and outside the hydropower industry discussing how the growth of data capture and analytics has changed the way business is being done. Explore with us how advances in big data affect everyday business decisions in organizational management, as well as (read more...)
Moderator
Daniel Rabon
National Hydropower Business Line Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207A
Format: Panel
Choices made before construction may limit the ability to unwater the low-level outlet and water conveyance system, driving owner/operators to exploit new technologies to inspect hard-to-reach structures. Technology-laden remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles and drones deliver increasingly useful optical and positional data, facilitating timely condition assessments and quick returns to (read more...)
Moderator
Blake Rothfuss, P.E., D.WRE
Vice President and Project Director
COWI Tunnel
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207B
Marine energy is not conventional hydro, but the two share many similarities that could simplify work needed to bring marine energy to commercial status. In this session, presenters who are conventional hydro suppliers will discuss existing and new technology that could be applied to marine energy in order to facilitate (read more...)
Moderator
Matthew Dunlap, P.E.
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Kleinschmidt
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 210AB
Hydroelectric generation has been providing benefits to the transmission grid, as well as local communities and the environment, for many years. In this session, attendees will learn how developers, off takers and asset owners value hydropower and the benefits it continues to provide in a world striving for green energy (read more...)
Moderator
Jason Spreyer
Senior Vice President - Business Development
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203A
Thanks to the large and increasing amount of non-dispatchable renewables, hydro plants today operate in a peaking environment like none other in their history. They experience frequent starts and stops and rapid load swings all day long, every day. North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules (read more...)
Moderator
John Holbrook
Director of Operations, Sales and Marketing
Systems Integrated
United States
Panelist
Gene Asbury
Senior Applications Specialist, Power Systems
Basler Electric
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207C
Format: Panel
Hydro operators are making innovative decisions and investments, often partnering with stakeholders and agencies, that benefit both the environment and the bottom line. Hear examples of these technologies and procedures from both the operators and their partners. Walk away with ideas for maximizing your revenue while minimizing costs through (read more...)
Moderator
Shannon Ames
Executive Director
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 209AB
This session will provide a retrospective and future look at fish passage in the U.S. With new data available from 25 years of research, more information is now available to provide valuable insights for new fish facilities. Discover what worked well and get lessons learned. This session will include a (read more...)
Moderator
Tim Brush
Senior Principal Scientist and Vice President
Normandeau Associates, Inc.
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
A town hall format gives attendees a unique opportunity to listen and engage directly with tomorrow's workforce on what’s working and areas that need improvement in recruitment, retention, and training for the next generation of hydro employees. Participants are invited to ask the panel, all of whom have worked in (read more...)
Moderator
Scott Chronister
Operations Director
American Hydro Corporation
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207A
There have been many Oroville Dam headlines, but behind the headlines are an array of success stories demonstrating how far we have come as a dam safety community. In this session, you will hear from those closest to the action, sharing what went right, starting with local emergency response and (read more...)
Moderator
Duane McClelland
Senior Water Resources Engineer
CH2M
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207B
The value of marine energy in the power delivery model is a foundational concept that can help reinforce the great cost-effectiveness potential of this exciting technology. In this session, presenters will discuss data sets that indicate how marine energy fits in a power delivery (read more...)

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 210AB
Format: Panel
Explore the various treasures waiting for you in the world of hydropower! Participants in this unique session will be sent out on an adventure to find new hydropower technologies. After personal interaction with representatives of various equipment suppliers, all participants will receive a treasure map with several supplier checkpoints during (read more...)
Moderator
Jeremy Smith
Sales Manager, Strategic Projects
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 203A
Operating and maintaining a hydro plant in today's utility environment can be a daunting job. Multiple conflicting goals must be managed. Relicensing often brings a host of new features and new operational requirements, which can be at odds with efficient operation of your units. Equipment vendors whisper in your ear, (read more...)
Moderator
Roger Clarke-Johnson
Western Region Manager
American Governor Company
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207C
What are the industry and environmental interest needs for hydropower? Perspectives will be shared on what needs are instrumental for successful Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing. What are innovations from the research and development community that can serve these needs? The U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Program will share (read more...)

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 209AB
This session will discuss a variety of solutions to deal with the problem of low dissolved oxygen in the river. Several technology advances have been made to better deal with this situation. Aerating turbines will be among the technologies discussed during this session. Expert panelists will also cover implementation strategies (read more...)
Moderator
Steve Layman, PhD
Principal Environmental Scientist
Geosyntec Consultants
United States
Panelist
Kenneth Odom, PHD
Senior Engineer
Southern Company Services
United States
Panelist
Matt Pevarnik
Senior Sales Leader
GE Renewable Energy
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
Just like the NASCAR circuit, enter the hydropower racing oval with our expert panel and discuss methods that use non-cost-based, yet competitive selection processes to assemble diverse project teams of researchers, engineering, manufacturing, construction and operations. Discover how you can create winning teams of innovators and better achieve project objectives (read more...)
Moderator
Steve Wenke, PE
Chief Generation Engineer
Avista Utilities
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207A
Format: Panel
Most of the available publications capture how things should be done. But when things go wrong, we really don’t like to talk about it. Behind those mistakes there are lessons to be learned, and these lessons need to be shared not only with your direct staff but also with the hydro (read more...)

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207B
Presenters will share their expertise regarding how to accomplish more with existing financing for already funded projects. Panelists will also discuss how each decides on the best funding option, including seeking funding from bankers and other funding organizations for projects yet to hit the (read more...)
Moderator
Bill Staby
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Resolute Marine Energy
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 210AB
Format: Panel
This interactive session will feature small hydro developers and professionals who will share how they have added new hydro facilities. Measures to lower costs and strategies on competing successfully in the North American market will be discussed. Panel members will share case studies focusing on meeting the challenges faced by new (read more...)
Moderator
Kurt Johnson
Principal
Telluride Energy LLC
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203A
Managing asset protection is a challenging task. Relay coordination is vital to ensure reliability. Arc flash setting strategies also impact your protection scope. Join this lively discussion for a variety of approaches to mitigate issues affecting relays, breakers and (read more...)
Moderator
Todd Fugate
Director, East Region
Mesa Associates
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207C
This session will look at specific examples where development and operation of pumped storage is valued and encouraged, particularly in Europe. We will explore what is driving the success of these projects, what their markets are doing right, and whether these examples offer us policies or regulations that could be (read more...)

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 209AB
This session will discuss applying a macro approach to hydro projects and water uses in a large river basin. Learn about processes and tools being used and reasons why a basin-wide approach was chosen. Panelists will cover models, tools, and if and when a facilitator is used, all in association (read more...)
Moderator
Kathleen King
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Stantec
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
The session features professionals from within and outside of the hydro industry who will use case studies across the full hydropower supply chain and share their experiences to discuss their specific challenges and success stories regarding their ability to “take the punch” of unplanned events. Panelist discussions will revolve around the (read more...)
Moderator
Jordan Fink
Chief, Electrical Branch
US Army Corps of Engineers
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207A
Many of our important structures cannot be tested under extreme loading. For example, fuse plug initiation and performance, the performance of civil structures under the effects of an earthquake and the reliability of rock anchors embedded in a dam foundation are all unknowns. In many cases, these loads may never occur, (read more...)
Moderator
Omid Mohseni
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Barr Engineering Co.
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207B
How do marine energy device developers progress to in-water testing and overcome difficulties to gain results? In this session, panelists will share case studies that enumerate the progression from concept to in-water testing and how they mitigated difficulties to attain usable results en route to (read more...)
Moderator
Stuart Herbert
Business Development Director
Wave Hub Limited
United Kingdom

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 210AB
Format: Panel
Large conventional and pumped storage hydro plants have played a “transformational” role in the regions where they have been developed. Once considered disruptive to communities and ecosystems, large hydro schemes are acknowledged to help eliminate poverty and provide large non-fossil-fuel-dependent, reliable energy sources with minimal carbon emissions. Accordingly, large hydro (read more...)
Moderator
Travis Smith
Senior VP and GM, Hydro & Power Delivery
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Canada

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203A
Format: Panel
Hydro operators must be good stewards of public waterways and pristine locations. Increased public and regulatory expectations to eliminate oil releases of any quantity have resulted in changes to operations and maintenance practices. This panel will share methods to contain oil, best work practices, equipment conversion to reduce oil volumes, (read more...)
Moderator
Michael Brissie, P.E.
General Manager, Hydro East - Regulated Reneables, Fossil Hydro Operations
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Catherine Campbell
Mechanical Engineer
US, Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Greg Auger, P.Eng.
Business Development Manager
Thordon Bearings Inc.
Canada
Panelist
Joshua Sills
Engineer
US Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Stephen Meicke
Mechanical EIT
HDR Engineering, Inc.
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207C
Today, large corporate buyers are positioning themselves in clean energy markets. How does hydro fit in? This session will focus on how project owners attract these new buyers: the Googles, Microsofts and Walmarts of the world. Also, the session will share what corporate buyers value for data centers, sustainability, customer (read more...)

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
Hear our international panel of experts explain how they have addressed strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) in executing their organizational objectives. Learn about tried-and-true tools and strategies used in long-term planning, risk analysis, condition assessment, integrating environmental considerations, and prioritizing with limited budgets and resources. Audience members will be (read more...)
Moderator
Steven Miles, P.E., PMP
Director, Hydroelectric Design Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207A
Format: Panel
Bring your stories and we’ll bring the beer. Experts from across the engineering and construction Industries will be in attendance to share a drink and provide insight on projects from concept to commissioning. What ails your project? We will cover such issues as allocating risk, blown schedules, over budget, change orders, (read more...)
Moderator
Greg Gulley
Project Support Engineer
ASI Construction LLC
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207B
Several marine energy developers now have devices in the water that have moved beyond initial testing and are producing electricity for commercial use. This session will feature these successful developers discussing their projects and what is (read more...)

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 210AB
Participants will benefit from hearing first hand from U.S. Embassy personnel regarding the hydropower market from each of their countries. Each Commercial Specialist will articulate the hydropower sector and provide insight to permitting and various opportunities. Each presenter will be escorting a buying delegation from each of their respective countries. Take (read more...)
Moderator
Glen Roberts
Director, Global Markets Central California
U.S. Department of Commerce|International Trade Administration
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 203A
Turbines and generators periodically require major rehabilitation efforts to solve difficult reliability problems. Sometimes the unexpected occurs at the worst possible time. Expert panelists in this session will provide examples of unexpected occurrences they have dealt with and keys to avoiding similar issues in the future. The session will encourage (read more...)
Moderator
Bill Moore, PE
Technical Executive, Electrical Generators
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Panelist
Fred Dawson
Director of Technical Services and Engineering
National Electric Coil
United States
Panelist
Greg McDonald
Senior Project Engineer
Black and Veatch
United States
Panelist
Lucas Kunz
Generator Engineering Manager
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Steve Gund
President
The Gund Company
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207C
We all know that hydropower helps keep the electric grid stable and secure. But how do we know which of hydro's many attributes matter most and how much they are really worth? Come to this session to hear a range of perspectives on how hydropower contributes to the resiliency of (read more...)
Moderator
Alejandro Moreno
Director, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States