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12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Room: Presidential Ballroom
   2017 brings many new changes to Washington, D.C. A new Administration and a new Congress will undoubtedly affect U.S. energy and environmental policy.

   Come hear viewpoints from influential policymakers on what will drive our national policy agenda over the next few years and how the National Hydropower Association read more....

2:30 PM-3:45 PM
   This informative session provides a look into the priorities of a new Administration and the anticipated agenda for the new Congress.

   How will hydropower fit within a new agenda with growing interest in infrastructure reinvestment, clean energy expansion, tax reform, and a host of policy priorities?

   Gain read more....
Session Leader
Jeffrey Leahey
Deputy Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Christopher Rousseau, P.E.
Manager, Hydro Operations
Minnesota Power, an ALLETE Company
United States
Panelist
Matthew Miller
Director, Federal Affairs
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States

2:30 PM-3:45 PM
Furthering the hydropower vision of another 50 GW of new capacity by 2050 will support greater expansion of other renewables and will help meet a number of national priorities. But how do we get there? How realistic is this growth? What does this opportunity mean for an industry that has read more....
Session Leader
David Culligan
Vice President, Managing Principal
HDR Engineering, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Doug Divine
CEO
Eagle Crest Energy
United States
Panelist
Gia Schneider
Chief Executive Officer
Natel Energy
United States
Panelist
Randy Herrin, P.E.
General Manager Hydro Fleet
Duke Energy Corporation
United States
Panelist
Thomas Heller
Chief Executive Officer
Missouri River Energy Services
United States
Panelist
Tim Welch
Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States

2:30 PM-3:45 PM
   How are hydro owners managing operations in a water-constrained world where power generation and other priorities compete?

   This session will examine the impacts that climate change and new water policies are having on the hydro industry, discuss new policy trends, and forecast what the industry should anticipate when read more....
Session Leader
Michael Sale
Senior Technical Advisor
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
United States
Panelist
David Moller, P.E.
Director, Power Generation
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Panelist
David Raff
Science Advisor and Scientific Integrity Officer
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Panelist
Mark Smith
Deputy Director, North America Freshwater Program
The Nature Conservancy
United States

4:15 PM-5:30 PM
Building from a solid knowledge base gained in the National Hydropower Association’s 2016 Relicensing Summit, this session will discuss trends and expectations and initiate a conversation on a new national agenda to address the challenges inherent in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing.
Come and learn about industry’s focus to improve read more....
Session Leader
David Zayas
Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Technical Services
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Jay Ryan
Partner
Baker Botts L.L.P.
United States

4:15 PM-5:30 PM
Preserving the existing hydro system and building new capacity share an important common agenda -- market policies. Market policy that recognizes hydropower’s clean energy attributes and rewards hydropower’s energy values … including its flexibility … is key to getting the industry on a growth trajectory.  This session focuses on how read more....
Session Leader
Jon Norman
Vice President, Government Affairs
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
Canada
Panelist
Michael Manwaring
Vice President Hydropower Planning Advisor
MWH Global
United States
Panelist
Shannon Ames
Executive Director
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
United States

4:15 PM-5:30 PM
   The hydro industry has long known that pumped storage has a critical role to play in meeting the United States’ dual goals of increasing renewable energy generation and maintaining reliable service. However, that message is often lost on those outside the industry.

   Representatives from outside the hydro sector read more....
Session Leader
Debbie Mursch
Director of Markets, Strategy and Development, Hydro
GE Renewable Energy
United States

9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Part 1: Featured Speaker



Part 2: Panel Discussion: Infrastructure Challenges


It is no secret that the U.S. is facing an enormous infrastructure challenge with aging water, wastewater and energy systems, bridges, and highways. Aging infrastructure has taken a heavy toll on our economy. Investment in rebuilding this infrastructure will significantly impact budget read more....
Panel Moderator
Linda Church Ciocci
Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Brennan Smith
Program Manager, Hydropower Technology
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Clay Koplin
CEO
Cordova Electric Cooperative
United States
Panelist
David Bowling, Jr.
River Management, General Manager
Tennessee Valley Authority
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
In the past several years, drought and flood events throughout the U.S. have highlighted the important role dams play (whether associated with hydro facilities or not) in mitigating extreme weather events -- events that may become more numerous in the future. The benefits this infrastructure provides, though well understood by read more....
Session Leader
Wayne Dyok
Independent Consultant
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
   Can we get to 50 new gigawatts by 2050 with the current hydro permitting and regulatory policies in the United States?

  •    How can we improve the process, reduce delays, and get to the right outcomes?

  •    How do we work together to build a better understanding of the challenges and read more....
Session Leader
Steve Padula
Regulatory and Natural Resources Practice Lead
McMillen Jacobs Associates Inc.
United States
Panelist
Carl Borgquist
President
Absaroka Energy LLC
United States
Panelist
Erik Steimle
Vice President
Rye Development
United States
Panelist
Trey Acteson
CEO
Southeast Alaska Power Agency
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
How prevalent are cyber attacks? According to AT&T’s cybersecurity insights report, more than half of businesses surveyed were breached in 2015.  What’s more, 2 in every 3 businesses had no plan in place to deal with a possible cyber breach.

In the U.S. energy sector, the number of cyber attacks is read more....
Session Leader
Jay Anders
Vice President, Hydropower and Hydraulic Structures
Black & Veatch
United States

12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Room: Presidential Ballroom
The official conference luncheon includes presentation of the Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters awards, recognition of the Wave Energy Prize winners, and the unveiling of the Henwood Award winner -- the industry’s highest individual honor.

This is a not-to-be-missed read more....

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
   One of the greatest assets of any top-performing organization is its trained, experienced workforce. The hydropower industry, as is the case with other energy industries, is facing the challenges of dealing with an aging workforce and the transition of knowledge and experience to a new generation.

   This session read more....
Session Leader
Scott Ginesin
Vice President Business Development and Operations
American Governor Company
United States
Panelist
Herbie Johnson
Hydro General Manager
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Kenneth Starr
Director of Outreach
American Governor Company
United States
Panelist
Michael Posovich
Chief, Product Coordination Branch, Hydroelectric Design Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
New technology development can help to cut an even wider path for hydro growth. This panel explores how the next generation of conventional hydro and pumped storage hydro technologies can be used to enhance performance, minimize environmental footprint, and lower capital read more....
Session Leader
Kenneth Odom, PHD
Senior Engineer
Southern Company Services
United States
Panelist
Brennan Smith
Program Manager, Hydropower Technology
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Curtis Watkins
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder
Emrgy Inc.
United States
Panelist
Debbie Mursch
Director of Markets, Strategy and Development, Hydro
GE Renewable Energy
United States
Panelist
Elizabeth Ingram
Managing Editor, Hydro Group
PennWell Corporation
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
   Whether owning assets, addressing environmental performance issues, or developing new hydro capacity, Native American communities across the U.S. and Canada are more engaged in the hydro industry than ever before.

   This session highlights opportunities and successful outcomes of partnerships with tribes to support existing and new read more....
Session Leader
Keith Underwood
Natural Resources Director
Tacoma Power
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
The Obama administration launched new strategies across the federal government to address mitigation.

  • What are these new proposals?

  • How will they be furthered in the new Administration and can they work in the context of hydropower licensing and license compliance?

  • How will they stack up against what the industry is already read more....
Session Leader
Julia Wood
Partner
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
When the Hydropower Vision was launched by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2016, it was a first of its kind federal vision for U.S. hydropower, the nation’s first and largest renewable. 

  • While having a national strategy that supports growth will play an important role in policy development in the coming read more....
Session Leader
LeRoy Coleman
Senior Manager of Strategic Communications
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Sarah Wagoner
Senior Communications Specialist, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
   As opportunities to grow hydro increase, understanding the goals, needs, and concerns of both utility system owners and independent power producer (IPP) developers is critical, particularly in today’s competitive electricity market.

   This session includes a dialogue on the varied business perspectives needed to drive a new resurgence in read more....
Session Leader
Julie Smith-Galvin
Principal
JSG Communications
United States
Panelist
Reenst Lesemann
Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Power Technologies
United States

7:15 AM-11:45 AM
   The Hydraulic Power Committee (HPC) is the premier industry forum for exchanging critical information related to the technical and environmental aspects of operating hydroelectric projects.

   At this annual spring HPC meeting … open to all Waterpower Week in Washington attendees, you will receive updates on trends and current read more....

9:00 AM-10:15 AM
A favorite read more....
Session Leader
Nancy Skancke
Owner
NJS Law PLC
United States
Session Leader
Sarah Verville
Senior Environmental Specialist
TRC Companies, Inc.
United States
Session Leader
Thomas Sullivan, P.E.
Vice President
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States

9:00 AM-10:15 AM
   The discussion about potential development of new hydropower at existing dams and conduits is not new. Neither are the challenges these projects face.

   But, in the last several years, new laws and new policies have been put in place to support this development.

   Come to this session read more....
Session Leader
Travis Smith
Senior VP and GM, Hydro & Power Delivery
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Canada
Panelist
Adam Stratton, MREM
Manager, Origination
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Canada
Panelist
Jason Spreyer
Senior Vice President - Business Development
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
United States
Panelist
Matthew Swindle
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
NLIne Energy, Inc.
United States

10:30 AM-11:45 AM
Experts discuss key legal issues and precedent-setting cases that are shaping the hydro industry today. Gain insider perspectives on how these issues and outcomes may affect your read more....
Session Leader
Charles Sensiba
Partner
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
United States

10:30 AM-11:45 AM
Moving from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license issuance to implementation can raise compliance challenges for existing or new projects. This session shares lessons learned as licensees’ conditions discussed around the negotiating table are implemented on the read more....
Session Leader
Matthew Chan
Assistant Vice President
WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff
United States
Panelist
Darold Perry
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
United States
Panelist
Dave Hanson
Project Manager, Licensing and Permitting
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
United States
Panelist
Elizabeth Parcell
American Electric Power
United States
Panelist
Jennifer Hill, PhD
Director, Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States

12:00 PM-12:30 PM
Complete your Waterpower Week by joining fellow attendees for a final gathering to recap the week’s key takeaways, gather your thoughts about what to focus on going forward, and get a glimpse of what’s in store for the waterpower industry for the rest of read more....
Session Leader
Jeffrey Leahey
Deputy Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Herbie Johnson
Hydro General Manager
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Marla Barnes
Publisher and Chief Editor, Hydro Group
PennWell Corporation
United States