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12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Room: Presidential Ballroom
   2017 brings many new changes to Washington. 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 (NHA) read more....
Plenary Session Speaker 1
Timothy Unruh
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Office of Energy Efficienty and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Plenary Session Speaker 2
Alejandro Moreno
Director, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States

2:30 PM-3:45 PM
Room: Congressional
   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
Donna Flynn
Executive Director, NTD
Washington Council Ernst and Young
United States
Panelist
Matthew Miller
Director, Federal Affairs
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States

2:30 PM-3:45 PM
Room: Federal A/B
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
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 Regulated Renewables
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
Room: Senate
   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
Alvin Thoma
Director, Power Generation
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Panelist
Erin Foraker
Infrastructure/Hydropower Research Coordinator
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
Room: Congressional
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
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Technical Services
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Adam Ward
Vice President Environmental Affairs, Sustainability and Energy Policy
American Municipal Power
United States
Panelist
Angie Anderegg
Hydro Licensing and Compliance Supervisor
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Jay Ryan
Partner
Baker Botts L.L.P.
United States
Panelist
Kevin Webb
Hydro Licensing Manager, Business Development
Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
United States

4:15 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Federal A/B
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
Debbie Powell
Senior Director , Power Generation, Operations
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Panelist
Kristina Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Panelist
Michael Manwaring
Vice President Hydropower Planning Advisor
MWH, now a Part of Stantec
United States
Panelist
Shannon Ames
Executive Director
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
United States

4:15 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Senate
   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
Panelist
JT Steenkamp, P.Eng.
Project Engineer, Projects and Technology
Shell Global Solutions Canada, A Division of Shell Chemical Americas Inc.
Canada
Panelist
Logan Goldie-Scot
Manager, Energy Storage Insight
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
United Kingdom
Panelist
Richard Stuebi
President
Future Energy Advisors (FEA)
United States

9:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Presidential Ballroom

Part 1: Featured Speaker



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Featured Speaker
Dan Newhouse
U.S. Congressman, Representing 4th District, Washington State
U.S. House of Representatives
United States

9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Room: Presidential Ballroom

Part 2: Panel Discussion: Advancing Solutions to the Challenge of Infrastructure



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 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
Room: Congressional
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
Owner
H2O EcoPower
United States
Panelist
Mark Andersen
Acting Deputy Director
California Department of Water Resources
United States
Panelist
Michael Gabaldon, P.E.
DCS Americas, Water Business Line
AECOM
United States
Panelist
Pat McCarty
Generation Manager
Tacoma Power
United States
Panelist
Richard St-Jean
Vice President, Generation Asset Management, North America
Brookfield Renewable
Canada

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Federal A/B
   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
Room: Senate
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
Panelist
Amy Thomas
Government Relations Director
American Public Power Association
United States
Panelist
Christopher Walcutt, CISM, CISSP
Principal Consultant
Black & Veatch
United States
Panelist
Chuck Moran
Principal Cyber Security Consultant, Practice Lead
Wurldtech, a GE Company
United States
Panelist
Fred Hintermister
Manager, Cross Sector, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC)
North American Electric Reliability Corporation
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....
Featured Speaker
Scott Perry
U.S. Congressman, Representing 4th District, Pennsylvania
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Congressional
   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
Frank Smith
Manager, U.S. Sales, Power and Water, Power Generation North America
ABB
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
Room: Federal A/B
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
Room: Senate
   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
Panelist
Brian Lipscomb
Chief Executive Officer
EnergyKeepers
United States
Panelist
Joseph Pavel
Natural Resources Director
Skokomish Indian Tribe
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Congressional
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
Panelist
Christy Goldfuss
Vice President, Energy and Environment Policy
Center for American Progress
United States
Panelist
Craig Aubrey
Chief, Division of Environmental Review, Ecological Services Program
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
Mark Gross
Technical Manager
Cube Hydro Carolinas
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Federal A/B
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
Jessica McGinley
Media and Events Manager
American Governor Company
United States
Panelist
Peter Kelley
Vice President, Public Affairs
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
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
Panelist
Vanessa Pilotte
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Brookfield Renewable
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Senate
   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
Carl Borgquist
President
Absaroka Energy LLC
United States
Panelist
Corwin (Corey) Chamberlain
Hydro/Renewables System Support Consultant
Dominion Generation
United States
Panelist
Michael Haynes
Generation Operations and Engineering Officer
Seattle City Light
United States
Panelist
Reenst Lesemann
Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Power Technologies
United States

7:15 AM-11:45 AM
Room: Federal A/B

   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
Room: Congressional

A favorite returns! Using the interactive format of the famous game show Jeopardy!, this session offers a lively way to become acquainted with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff as well as leading industry representatives, and receive insights into the nuances of licensing, compliance, and dam read more....

Co-host
Nancy Skancke
Owner
NJS Law PLC
United States
Co-host
Sarah Verville
Senior Environmental Specialist
TRC Companies, Inc.
United States
Co-host
Thomas Sullivan, P.E.
Vice President
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States
Judge
Ann Miles
Retired
United States
Judge
John Whittaker, IV
Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP
United States
FERC Team
Alan Mitchnick
Environmental Biologist
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
FERC Team
Elizabeth Molloy
Attorney, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
FERC Team
Erin Williams
Civil Engineer, Divison of Dam Safety and Inspections
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
FERC Team
Mark Pawlowski
Chief, South Branch, Division of Hydro Administration and Compliance
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Industry Team
Alvin Thoma
Director, Power Generation
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Industry Team
Courtenay O'Mara
Hydro Licensing and Compliance Supervisor
Georgia Power Company
United States
Industry Team
Finlay Anderson
Senior Regulatory Consultant
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Industry Team
Lisa McAlister
Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs
American Municipal Power, Inc.
United States

9:00 AM-10:15 AM
Room: Senate
   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
Panelist
Paul Jacob
Chief Commercial Officer
Rye Development
United States

10:30 AM-11:45 AM
Room: Congressional
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
Panelist
Cleo Deschamps
Managing Attorney, Office of General Counsel - Energy Projects
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
John Whittaker, IV
Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP
United States
Panelist
Michael Campbell
Attorney
Stoel Rives LLP
United States
Panelist
Michael Farber
Partner
Van Ness Feldman LLP
United States

10:30 AM-11:45 AM
Room: Senate
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
Business Development Manager
WSP
United States
Panelist
Darold Perry
Supervisor - Hydro License Implementation
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
Room: Congressional
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
Linda Church Ciocci
Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Brenna Vaughn
Program Dirctor
Hydro Research Foundation
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