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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...)

Session Leader
Phil Hoover
President
H & M Engineering Inc.
United States
Instructor
Juan Quiroz
Principal Engineer
Stantec
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...)

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

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

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

  • Governors

  • Controls

  • Excitation

  • Balance of Plant

  • Breakers

  • Transformers

  • Discussion (read more...)
Session Leader
Phil Hoover
President
H & M Engineering Inc.
United States
Instructor
Edson Alves
Specialist Engineer - Service Engineering
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States


1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 208B

As more and more renewable energy is added to the electric power transmission grid, the challenges of meeting seasonal gaps and managing increased volatility become more pronounced.

Thus the need for grid-scale (large-scale "in front of the meter") energy storage.

How can renewable generation sources and grid-scale energy (read more...)

Moderator
Jose Zayas
Vice President, Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Featured Speaker
Timothy Unruh, Ph.D., PE CEM, LEED AP
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Dan Whitten
Vice President of Communications
Solar Energy Industries Association
United States
Panelist
Jean Ryall
Consultant, Legislative and Regulatory Strategy and Advocacy
United States
Panelist
Jeffrey Leahey
Deputy Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
John Simonelli
Director, Operations Support Services
ISO New England
United States
Panelist
Maryse Francois-Xausa
Customer Technology Solutions Leader
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France

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...)
Session Leader
Kenneth Odom
Principal Engineer
Southern Company Services
United States
Instructor
Francis Halpin
Supervisory Physical Scientist
Bonneville Power Administration (Retired)
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
Principal Engineer
Southern Company Services
United States

3:15 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 209B


4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 208B

A major component of solving the grid-scale energy storage challenge is energy-related policy. Policies and regulations can either help or hinder the advancement of additional renewables and energy storage development.



What are the most pressing challenges when it comes to policies affecting energy storage?



In the (read more...)

Moderator
Jerome Muys, Jr.
Attorney at Law
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
United States
Panelist
Bill Girling
Senior Analyst
International Hydropower Association
United Kingdom
Panelist
Jennifer Mersing
Attorney
Stoel Rives LLP
United States
Panelist
Michael Manwaring
Water Resources Director and Executive Vice President
McMillen Jacobs Associates
United States
Panelist
Shannon Ames
Executive Director
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
United States
Panelist
Srijib Mukherjee
Principal Engineer – Power Delivery
Mott MacDonald
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...)
Session Leader
David Coughlan
Senior Fisheries Scientist
Normandeau Associates, Inc.
United States
Instructor
Stephen Amaral
Principal Fisheries Biologist
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States

5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Room: 209B

7:30 AM-8:30 AM
Room: 209B

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...)
Session Leader
David Coughlan
Senior Fisheries Scientist
Normandeau Associates, Inc.
United States
Instructor
Tim Oakes
Vice President
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States

8:30 AM-9:45 AM
Room: 208B
Pumped-storage hydropower enables greater integration of variable renewables (e.g., wind and solar) into the transmission grid by using excess electricity and being ready to produce power during low wind and solar generation periods. Working together, renewable generation technologies can increase electricity production from wind and solar and, at (read more...)
Moderator
Travis Smith
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hydro & Power Delivery
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Canada
Panelist
Joe Stekli
Renewable Energy Technology Scout (Senior Technical Leader)
EPRI
United States
Panelist
Klaus Krueger, PhD
Manager Product & Plant Safety and Innovation
Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Panelist
Rebecca O'Neil
Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Panelist
Sergio Souza
North America Sales Director
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
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...)
Session Leader
Mark Killgore
Regional Engineer
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
United States
Instructor
Emily Carter
Hydropower Outreach Coordinator
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States

9:45 AM-10:15 AM
Room: 209B


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...)

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

10:15 AM-11:30 AM
Room: 208B
Even with the most progressive energy policies and innovative approaches to taking advantage of the synergies among renewable generation technologies, the topic of markets remains. Market mechanisms are needed that recognize the value of and financially reward grid-scale energy storage. What market structures work best? How can hydro, (read more...)
Moderator
Richard Miller
Senior Vice President
HDR Engineering, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Adam Rousselle, Sr.
Chief Executive Officer
Renewable Energy Aggregators
United States
Panelist
Carl Borgquist
President
Absaroka Energy LLC
United States
Panelist
Chrissy Bisceglia
Senior Engineer, Power Economics
GE Power, Energy Consulting
United States
Panelist
Clyde Loutan, P.E.
Principal, Renewable Energy Integration
California ISO
United States
Panelist
Laura Walter
Senior Lead Economist, Advanced Analytics
PJM
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
Speaker
Brigadier General Diana Holland
South Atlantic Division Commander
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Regis Repko
Senior Vice President and Chief Fossil-Hydro Officer
Duke Energy
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
Panelist
Frances Brinkman, PE
Sr. Engineering Manager
Black & Veatch
United States
Panelist
Jerry Tagestad
Research Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Panelist
Kim Fenrich
Product Manager
ABB
United States
Panelist
Sarah Fenwick, PEng
Senior Engineer
BC Hydro Power and Authority
Canada
Sponsored by:

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
Panelist
Anne Mills
GIS Lead/ Environmental Scientist
Hatch
Canada
Panelist
Frederic Snider, PG
Associate Scientist
Schnabel Engineering
United States
Panelist
Jonathan Harris, P.E.
National Practice Leader for Dam Safety and Risk
Schnabel Engineering
United States
Panelist
Nate Bolles, PG
Geology Lead
Black & Veatch
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 202AB
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...)
Moderator
Rebecca O'Neil
Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Panelist
Alf Carroll
Raytheon
United States
Panelist
Carl Barrett
Project Manager
3U Technologies LLC
United States
Panelist
Charlie Vartanian
Northwest Territory Manager
Mitsubishi Electric Power
United States
Panelist
Steve DeWitt
General Engineer
U.S. Department of Energy
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 209A/210A
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
Hydropower Systems Research Engineer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Chris DeRolph
Geospatial Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Chris Suprock
Owner/CEO
Suprock Technologies
United States
Panelist
Craig Bird
Project Consultant
QuakeWrap
United States
Panelist
Daniel Deng
Chief Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Larry Hagstrom
Business Development Manager
Sidus Solutions
United States
Panelist
Marshall Moutenot
Co-Founder
Upstream PBC
United States
Panelist
Nathan Myers
Manager of the Hydropower Diagnostics and SCADA Group
Bureau of Reclamation U.S. Department of Interior
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
Panelist
Mike Ruszkowski
Principal Project Manager
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Panelist
Ray Chow
Operational Excellence – Regulated Renewables
Duke Energy
United States
Sponsored by:
Handout(s)

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
Panelist
Christopher Ball
Executive Vice President
Corpfinance International Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Dan Parker
Director - Business Development
Eagle Creek Renewable Energy
United States
Panelist
Kevin Young
President
Young Energy Services
United States
Panelist
Norman (Norm) Bishop, Jr., P.E.
Senior Executive Project Engineer
Knight Pièsold and Co.
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
Jim Gill
Director, Hydro Licensing and Water Management
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Panelist
John Crutchfield, Jr.
Director, Public Safety and Recreation Strategy Planning Services
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Scott Hall
President and Chief Executive Officer
Great River Hydro
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207D
Format: Paper
Rehabilitating hydropower assets to meet new operational requirements is a significant issue. In this session, a variety of case study projects provide attendees with details of some of the latest developments and techniques in dealing with rehabilitation or redevelopment of existing hydro (read more...)
Session Chair
Tim Ramsey
Vice President
Mesa Associates, Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
James Law
Regional Manager, Water Power
Hatch Ltd.
Canada
Speaker
Todd Briggeman
Project Manager
Black & Veatch
United States
Co-Author
David Stelzer
Electrical Engineer
Black & Veatch
United States
Co-Author
Doug Eberlein
Project Manager
We Energies
United States
Speaker
Rachael Bisnett
Professional Geotechnical Engineer
Stantec
United States
Co-Author
Darren Milanowicz
Lead Structural Engineer
Stantec
United States
Co-Author
Thomas Andrews
Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Stantec
United States
Speaker
Matt Pevarnik
Senior Sales Leader
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States
Speaker
Scott Bennett
Mechanical Engineer Chief Joseph Dam
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Timothy Brown, PhD
Senior Communication Manager
GE Renewable Energy
United States
Co-Author
Zachary Zimchek
Deputy Operations Project Manager Chief, Compliance Section Chief
US Army Corp of Engineers
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 208A

This session will discuss trends and technology related to turbine design and operation for large and small equipment. The specific presentations will deal with flexible operation, the impacts of grid regulation, adding new hydro at non-powered dams, and new (read more...)

Session Chair
Damir Dolenc
Director of Design & Development
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Session Co-Chair
Eric Girardin, PE
Engineer
HDR
United States
Handout(s)
Presentations:
Speaker
Megan Nesbitt
Senior Technical Leader-Hydropower
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Co-Author
Patrick March
Principal Consultant
Hydro Performance Processes Inc.
United States
Speaker
Christopher Lang
Business Development Manager - Western US
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Seth Smith
Mechanical Engineer
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Speaker
Josef Zouhar
Research Engineer
CKD Blansko Engineering, a.s.
Czech Republic
Co-Author
Ales Skotak, PhD
Director of Research and Development Department
Litostroj Power
Czech Republic
Co-Author
Jiri Obrovsky, Dipl. Ing.
CFD Specialist
CKD Blansko Engineering, a.s.
Czech Republic

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 208B

The electric transmission grid is increasingly strained by volatile generation resources (wind and solar) and aging generation and distribution infrastructure. Presenters will cover how new and upgraded hydropower and control technologies provide unique opportunities to support the energy markets of the (read more...)

Session Chair
Rajesh Dham
Technology Manager
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Session Co-Chair
Paul Bernhardt
Principle Engineer
Bergmann Associates
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Mark Smith
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Reivax North America Inc.
Canada
Speaker
Jessica McGinley
Media and Events Manager
American Governor Company
United States
Co-Author
Scott Ginesin
Vice President Business Development and Operations
American Governor Company
United States
Speaker
Jason Foust
Hydraulic Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Brandon Vigil
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Li Chen
Manager, Structural Analysis
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Luciano Lima
Director of Engineering, Systems and Products
Voith Digital Solutions
United States
Speaker
Mark Parrish
Senior Mathematician
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Dan Patla
Mechanical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Hampus Suomela
Area Sales Manager – Control Room Solutions
ABB AB
Sweden
Co-Author
Fiona Campbell
Business Development, North America
CGM, A Member of the ABB Group of Companies
Canada

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Conference Lobby
Welcome to the Poster Gallery! Plan to spend some time viewing the poster presentations and visiting with the poster authors. The poster presenters will be available in person to answer questions and discuss their posters 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., but (read more...)
Presentations:
Poster Presenter
Thomas Hildinger
Vice President
Voith Hydro Engineering Center
Brazil
Co-Author
Alyssa Minnier
Mechanical Engineer
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Li Chen
Manager, Structural Analysis
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Lucas Kunz
Generator Engineering Manager
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Poster Presenter
Fred Faxvog
Senior Technology Consultant
EMPRIMUS
United States
Poster Presenter
Greg Snyder
Engineering Manager, Muskrat Falls Generation
SNC-Lavalin Inc
Canada
Co-Author
Regis Bouchard
Lead Geotechnical Engineer
SNC-Lavalin Inc
Canada
Poster Presenter
Mark Allen
Vice President
Stantec
United States
Co-Author
Jose Alvoeiro
Vice President
Stantec
United States
Co-Author
Peter Donalek
Principal Electrical Engineer
Stantec
United States
Poster Presenter
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
Poster Presenter
Nicolas Dehlinger
Rotating Machines Technical Services Engineer
Qualitrol
United States
Co-Author
Darinko Stich
Operation, Maintenance, Commissioning and Measurements
Dravske Elektrarne Maribor (DEM)
Slovenia
Co-Author
Mladen Sasic
Manager, RMTS
Iris Power
Canada
Co-Author
Ozren Husnjak, Mr Sc
Research & Development
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
Ozren Oreskovic, Mag.Ing
Managing Director
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
Zlatko Matic
Project Manager and Consultant
Tectra d.o.o.
Slovenia
Poster Presenter
Lucas Kunz
Generator Engineering Manager
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Christoph Hoeweler
Condition Monitoring Expert
Voith Digital Solutions
United States
Co-Author
Jianguo Qu
Electrical Engineer in Generator Engineering
Voith Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Li Chen
Manager, Structural Analysis
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States
Poster Presenter
Scot Thompson
Project Manager
Black & Veatch
United States
Speaker
Ty Nguyen
Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Dale Shirley
Vertical Market Manager - Power Generation / PPOG
Kidde / Marioff Hi-Fog
United States
Poster Presenter
Nicolas Dehlinger
Rotating Machines Technical Services Engineer
Qualitrol
United States
Co-Author
Fabian Kaica
Consultant
Fabian Kaica Consulting
Australia
Co-Author
John Letal
Rotating Machines Engineer
Iris Power
Canada
Co-Author
Ozren Husnjak, Mr Sc
Research & Development
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
Ozren Oreskovic, Mag.Ing
Managing Director
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)

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
Panelist
Jeff Smyth, P.E.
President
Sapere Consulting
United States
Panelist
Kirk Hudson
Managing Director - Generation and Transmission
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States
Panelist
Landon Cassill
Driver
NASCAR
United States
Panelist
Michael Lemma
Senior Consultant
Nelson Irrigation
United States
Panelist
Reid Nelson
Vice President
Nelson Irrigation
United States
Panelist
Uzair Memon
VP - Digital Sales Direct
GE Renewable Energy
United States
Sponsored by:

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
Panelist
Bob Clarke, P.Eng.
Manager - ROV Services
ASI Group Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Jesse Hutton
President
Ballard Marine
United States
Panelist
Johnathon Hitchcock
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Nathan Bowersox
Principal Civil Engineer - Power Generation
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 202AB
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
Panelist
Chris Poyner
Industry Manager - Renewables
ABB Ltd.
United Kingdom
Panelist
Paul Roos
Managing Member
AMJET Turbine Systems, LLC
United States
Panelist
Thierry Burckhart
Owner
Burckhart Consult
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
Panelist
Debbie Gray
Senior Manager - Business Development
Hydro-Quebec
Canada
Panelist
Gerry Froese
Managing Director
Avangrid
United States
Panelist
Joe Rissignoli
Director, Transmission Development
National Grid
United States
Panelist
John Collins
Managing Director, Business Development
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Panelist
Paul Jacob
Chief Commercial Officer
Rye Development
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
Panelist
Mathieu Bergeron
Control Engineer
HYDRO-QUEBEC
Canada
Panelist
Sergio Taboada, P.E.
Business Development Manager
Siemens
United States
Sponsored by:

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
Panelist
Chuck Peoples
Director of Conservation Programs, North Carolina Chapter
The Nature Conservancy
United States
Panelist
Curt Aikens
General Manager
Yuba County Water Agency
United States
Panelist
Erik Steimle
Vice President
Rye Development
United States
Panelist
Julie Smith-Galvin
Principal
JSG Communications
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
Panelist
Alan Stuart
Senior Project Manager
Duke Energy Carolinas
United States
Panelist
David Coughlan
Senior Fisheries Scientist
Normandeau Associates, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Jeff Osborn
Project Biologist
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States
Panelist
Neal Simmons
Vice President, R&D and Optimization
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207D
Format: Paper

In recent years, demand for innovative methods in management and operations have gained increased interest worldwide. As more renewable energy sources are connected to the grid and new environmental requirements arise, hydropower will help balance the subsequent variable generation. Upgrading and modernizing hydropower assets to meet these new operations is (read more...)

Session Chair
Tihomir (Tim) Maricic, P. E.
Senior Engineer Specialist
Ontario Power Generation
Canada
Session Co-Chair
Phil Hoover
President
H & M Engineering Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
John Wilkes
President
Carpi USA, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Yu, P.E.
Senior Civil Project Engineer
Pacific Gas & Electric
United States
Co-Author
Eric Schlosser, P.E.
Project Engineer
Carpi USA, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Rex Avila
Project Manager
Pacific Gas & Electric
United States
Co-Author
Robert McManus, P.E., G.E.
Senior Consulting Geotechnical Engineer
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
United States
Speaker
Caroline Marchand
Director Hydraulic Engineering
Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
Canada
Co-Author
Andre Beausejour
Proposal Manager
Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
Canada
Co-Author
Philippe Seguin
Senior Hydraulic Engineerg
Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Pierre-Luc Boulanger
Systems Engineer
Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
Canada
Speaker
David Gatto
Business Development Manager
Ames Construction, Inc.
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 208A

The case studies presented in this session vary in subject matter but focus on equipment issues. Technical papers will provide case studies and lessons learned related to turbine design, unit installation, and changes to equipment operation to improve performance. (read more...)

Session Chair
James Volk, P.E., PMP
Vice President of Engineering
Segrity LLC
United States
Session Co-Chair
Mark Smith
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Reivax North America Inc.
Canada
Presentations:
Speaker
Fangbiao Lin
Vice President, Global Practice Leader for Environmental Hydrauilcs
Stantec
United States
Speaker
Eric Russell
Senior Mechanical Engineer
American Hydro Corporation
United States
Co-Author
Joe Druck
Chief Design Engineer
American Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Sean Perkins
Hydraulic Engineer
American Hydro Corporation
United States
Speaker
Yusheng Luo
Scientist
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Eduard Muljadi
James J. Danaher Distinguished Professor
Auburn University
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
Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vladimir Koritarov
Water Power Program Manager
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Daniel Nail
Engineer
Southern Company
United States
Co-Author
Mike Throne
Engineer
American Governor Company
United States
Speaker
Matjaž Kovačič
Chief Design Enginner
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Co-Author
Andrej Trošt
Project Manager
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Co-Author
Damir Dolenc
Director of Design & Development
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Co-Author
Janez Gale
Head of Offering Department
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Co-Author
Simon Krotec
Chief Project Engineer
Litostroj Power
Slovenia

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 208B

This session will cover hydro development opportunities, trends and barriers worldwide. Technical paper presenters will explore the size and direction of the new development markets in the U.S. and around the world, ranging from small to large (read more...)

Session Chair
Eric Thompson
Vice President Sales/Marketing
Natel Energy Inc.
United States
Session Co-Chair
Megan Nesbitt
Senior Technical Leader-Hydropower
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Matthew Swindle
Chairman, CEO, and Founder
NLine Energy, 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
Panelist
Casey Gaffrey
Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Heather Martin, P.E.
Project Engineer
Kleinschmidt
United States
Panelist
Jesse Thornburg
PhD Student
Carnegie Mellon University
United States
Panelist
Manny Hernandez
Controls Engineer
American Governor Company
United States
Panelist
Robbie Queen
Hydro Research Fellow
Hydropower Foundation
United States
Sponsored by:

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
Panelist
Brad Keaton, P.E.
Carolinas-Hydro Fleet
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
David Capka
Director, Division of Dam Safety and Inspections
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
Mark Andersen
State Water Project Director (Retired)
Retired
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 202AB
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...)
Moderator
Andrea Copping, Washington
Senior Program Manager - Marine and Coastal Waters
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Panelist
Bill McShane
Technology Manager, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Bill Staby
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Resolute Marine Energy
United States
Panelist
Rick Williams
Founder and Principal
Oregon Applied Research LLC
United States

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
Panelist
Abe Schneider
President, Chief Technology Officer
Natel Energy, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Asad Choudry
Business Development Manager
Xylem
United States
Panelist
Darryl Stevenson
Manager, Hydro Automation
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Panelist
MADELEINE WHITE
PROJECT ENGINEER
EMRGY
Panelist
Maryse Francois-Xausa
Customer Technology Solutions Leader
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France

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
Tom Garske
Product Line Manager
American Governor Company
United States
Panelist
Eric Vaughn
Electrical Engineer, P.E.
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Panelist
Richard Schaefer
Senior Application Specialist
Basler Electric Co.
United States
Panelist
Roger Yeargan
Hydro Manager – Lower Coosa River Group
Alabama Power
United States
Sponsored by:

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207C

Two years have passed since the Hydropower Vision was released. A roadmap was laid out in that document to move U.S. hydro forward  in the areas of regulations, technology, sustainability, markets and outreach. So how have we progressed? You’ll hear from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (read more...)

Moderator
Anna West
Principal and Co-Founder
Kearns & West
United States
Panelist
Herbie Johnson
Hydro General Manager
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Shannon Ames
Executive Director
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
United States
Panelist
Shelaine Curd-Hetrick
Research Operations Manager
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Tim Welch
Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
TJ Heibel
Water Power Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States

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 Consultant
Kleinschmidt
United States
Panelist
David Scott
Lead Engineer in Hydrodynamics
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States
Panelist
Jeffrey Ogden
Program Manager, Reservoir Release Improvements
Tennessee Valley Authority
United States
Panelist
Keith Finley
Project Manager II
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Kenneth Odom
Principal Engineer
Southern Company Services
United States
Panelist
Neal Simmons
Vice President, R&D and Optimization
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207D

Managing hydropower assets reliably with optimal performance is a key challenge for hydro asset owners and operators. This session will examine some of the best practices and tools in managing hydropower assets in the areas of upgrade, optimization and overall (read more...)

Session Chair
Boualem Hadjerioua
Deputy Water Power Program Manager
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
United States
Session Co-Chair
Tim Ramsey
Vice President
Mesa Associates, Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
James Volk, P.E., PMP
Vice President of Engineering
Segrity LLC
United States
Co-Author
Troy Bottomfield
Owner/Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical & Hydraulic Solutions
United States
Speaker
Jess Yenter
Project Leader
Eaton
United States
Co-Author
Kevin Quirion
Project Engineer and Manager
Eaton
United States
Speaker
David Schwall
Senior Engineer
Avista Corporation
United States
Co-Author
Jeff VanSickel
Senior Electrical Engineer
POWER Engineers, Inc.
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 208A
With the increased reliance on hydropower supporting the world’s power supply, the stability and security of the grid system becomes an area of greater and greater importance. NERC and its partner organizations direct those inputs and technology to maintain that stability. In this session you will hear from industry leaders (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
Scott Ginesin
Vice President Business Development and Operations
American Governor Company
United States
Speaker
Steve Wenke, PE
Senior Manager Generation Strategy and Planning
Avista Utilities
United States
Speaker
Kristopher Schehr
Founder / Chief Scientist
Rearden Logic, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
James Volk, P.E., PMP
Vice President of Engineering
Segrity LLC
United States
Speaker
Brandon Bouwman
Senior Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Matt Roberts
Engineering & Operations Manager
American Governor
United States
Co-Author
Christoph Schiller
Associate Project Engineer
Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
United States
Co-Author
Dmitry Kosterev
Technical Leader, System Dynamics Study Work
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Co-Author
John Undrill
Consultant
Arizona State University
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 208B
This session covers evolving market trends for energy storage and hydropower. It includes presentations on the technical applications of pumped storage, as well as market opportunities and related (read more...)
Session Chair
Bruno Kaelin
Sales and Tendering Director, US Hydro
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States
Session Co-Chair
Tommy McEntyre
Program Manager
Mesa Associates Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Quentin Alloin
Lead Engineer - Performance Engineering
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France
Co-Author
Alexandre Duparchy
Senior Engineering Manager, Testing
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France
Co-Author