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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

2:15 PM-3:45 PM
Room: Statler
Session Chair
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor
University of Washington
United States
Presentations
Speaker
Jesse Roberts
Environmental Lead, Water Power Technologies
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Speaker
Rick Driscoll
Senior Engineer, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies, National Wind Technology Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Babarit Aurelien
Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes
France
Co-Author
Ben Kennedy
Mechanical Engineer
Wave Venture Ltd.
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Claudio Bittencourt Ferreira
Business Development Director, Wave & Tidal
DNV GL
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Diana Bull
Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Jochem Weber
Chief Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Kim Nielsen
Wave Energy Consultant
Ramboll
Denmark
Co-Author
Ronan Costello
Senior Engineer
Wave Venture
United Kingdom
Speaker
Mary Ann Adonizio, P.E.
Director of Resource Assessment and Project Development
Verdant Power
United States
Co-Author
Dean Corren
Chief Technology Officer
Verdant Power
United States
Co-Author
Jonathan Colby
Director of Technology Performance
Verdant Power Inc.
United States
Speaker
Rick Driscoll
Senior Engineer, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies, National Wind Technology Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Alison LaBonte, PhD
United States
Co-Author
Ann Dallman
Senior R&D Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Budi Gunawan
Senior R&D Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Darshan Karwat
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
United States
Co-Author
David Newborn
Naval Surface Center
United States
Co-Author
Diana Bull
Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Jochem Weber
Chief Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Kelley Ruehl
Technical Staff - Mechanical Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Lee Fingersh
Senior Engineer
NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Miguel Quintero
Ocean Engineer
NSWC Carderock
United States
Speaker
Rick Driscoll
Senior Engineer, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies, National Wind Technology Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Alison LaBonte, PhD
United States
Co-Author
Ann Dallman
Senior R&D Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Dale (Scott) Jenne
Engineer/Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Darshan Karwat
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
United States
Co-Author
David Newborn
Naval Surface Center
United States
Co-Author
Diana Bull
Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Jochem Weber
Chief Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Miguel Quintero
Ocean Engineer
NSWC Carderock
United States
Co-Author
Robert Thresher
Research Fellow
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vince Neary
MHK Technology Lead
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Speaker
Ann Dallman
Senior R&D Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Diana Bull
Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
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.
Vice President Carolinas 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

2:30 PM-3:45 PM
Room: South American
Actual project development in the marine energy market has made tremendous progress since the 2016 International Marine Renewable Energy Conference (IMREC). This “state of the market” session provides an overview of who’s developing, what’s being tested, what progress has occurred, what jobs are being created as a result, what’s in read more....
Session Leader
Reenst Lesemann
Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Power Technologies
United States
Panelist
Claire Gibson
Managing Director
Wave Hub Ltd.
United Kingdom
Panelist
Elaine Buck
Technical Manager
European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
United Kingdom
Panelist
Sue Barr
External Affairs Manager
OpenHydro Technology Ltd.
Ireland

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
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

4:15 PM-5:30 PM
Room: South American
The year 2017 is one of great change and opportunity. In the U.S., a new administration and Congress has the potential to greatly affect the marine energy industry. In what direction are the early signs pointing? In Europe, the European Union (EU) recently announced it would invest €320 million in read more....
Session Leader
Anna West
Principal and Co-Founder
Kearns & West
United States
Panelist
Andrew Stewart, PhD
Principal Engineer, Applied Physics Laboratory, and Associate Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Washington
United States
Panelist
Ian Masters
College of Engineering
Swansea University
United Kingdom
Panelist
Paul Gay
Vice President
SMI/Helios Strategies
United States
Panelist
Tim Ramsey
Acting Program Manager for Marine and Hydrokinetic R&D, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States

4:15 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Pan American
Session Chair
Martin Wosnik
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
University of New Hampshire
United States
Presentations
Poster Presenter
Zhaoqing Yang, PhD
Chief Scientist, Coastal Ocean Modeling and Sciences Div
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Huijie Xue
Professor
University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences
United States
Co-Author
Levi Kilcher
Research Scientist
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Taiping Wang, PhD
Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Co-Author
Xi Feng
Assistant Professor
Hohani University
China
Poster Presenter
Kelley Ruehl
Technical Staff - Mechanical Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Jennifer Van Rij
Research Engineer, Water Power Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Yi-Hsiang Yu, PhD
Senior Research Engineer, Water Power Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Poster Presenter
Taylor McKie
Undergraduate Student
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Co-Author
Kevin Haas
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Poster Presenter
Robert Cavagnaro
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Adam Brown, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, APL
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Jim Thomson
Principal Oceanographer
University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory
United States
Poster Presenter
Curtis Rusch
Graduate Research Associate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Stewart, PhD
Principal Engineer, Applied Physics Laboratory, and Associate Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
James Joslin, PhD
Research Engineer
University of Washington Applied Physics Lab
United States
Poster Presenter
Jeremy Kasper
co-Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
United States
Co-Author
Adeline de Montlaur
Associate Professor
Escola d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicació i Aeronàutica de Castelldefels-UPC
Spain
Co-Author
Akshay Bagi
Research Student
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Alberto Aliseda
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Anton Kulchitsky
Research Assistant Professor, Institute of Northern Engineering
University of Alaska Fairbanks
United States
Co-Author
Jerome Johnson
Research Professor, Institute of Northern Engineering
University of Alaska Fairbanks
United States
Co-Author
Paul Duvoy
Research Professional
University of Alaska Fairbanks
United States
Poster Presenter
Nick Konefal
Senior Hydrokinetic Research Engineer
Alaska Center for Energy and Power/University of Alaska Fairbanks
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Seitz
University of Alaska Fairbanks
United States
Co-Author
Jeremy Kasper
co-Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
United States
Co-Author
Paul Duvoy
Research Professional
University of Alaska Fairbanks
United States
Co-Author
Stephanie Jump
Biological Technician
University of Alaska Fairbanks
United States
Poster Presenter
Andrea Copping
Senior Research Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Jonathan Whiting
Scientist/Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Poster Presenter
Maria Laura Beninati
Associate Professor
Bucknell University
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Cannavo
Student
Bucknell University
United States
Co-Author
Michael Krane
Research Associate
Penn State University
United States
Co-Author
Uros Markovic
Junior Mechanical Engineer
Flyability SA
Switzerland
Poster Presenter
James VanZwieten
Assistant Research Professor, Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
William Wiard
Research Assistant
Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
United States
Poster Presenter
Dillon Martin
Graduate Research Assistant
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
United States
Poster Presenter
Xiaofan Li
Graduate Research Assistant
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
United States
Co-Author
Adam Wise
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
United States
Co-Author
Changwei Liang
Greaduate Research Assistant
Stony Brook Unversity
United States
Co-Author
Khai Ngo
Professor
Virginia Tech
United States
Co-Author
Lei Zuo, PhD, ASME Fellow
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Energy Harvesting and Mechatronics Research Lab
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
United States
Co-Author
Robert Parker
Professor
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
United States
Poster Presenter
Katherine Van Ness
Graduate Student
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Alberto Aliseda
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Stewart, PhD
Principal Engineer, Applied Physics Laboratory, and Associate Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Craig Hill
Research Associate
University of Washington
United States
Poster Presenter
Genevra Harker-Klimes
Senior Project Manager, Coastal Sciences Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Colleen Trostle
Post Graduate Research Associate, Coastal Sciences Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Garrett Staines
Marine Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Shari Matzner
Research Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Poster Presenter
Remy Komocsin
NSF Undergraduate Research Scholar and Marine Robotics Club Secretary
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
Anni Vuorenkoski-Dalgleish
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
Eric Nieves
Graduate Researcher
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
Fraser Dalgleish, PhD
Associate Research Professor
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
James VanZwieten
Assistant Research Professor, Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Poster Presenter
Mike Muglia
Researcher
UNC Coastal Studies Institute
United States
Co-Author
Andre Mazzoleni
Associate Professor
NC State University
United States
Co-Author
Chris Vermillion
Assistant Professor
UNC Charlotte
United States
Co-Author
Harvey Seim
Professor and Chair of Marine Sciences
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
United States
Co-Author
John Bane
Professor
UNC Chapel Hill
United States
Co-Author
Patterson Taylor
UNC Coastal Studies Institute and East Carolina University
United States
Co-Author
Rouying He
Distinguished Professor
NC State University
United States
Co-Author
Sara Haines
University of North Carolina, Department of Marine Sciences
United States

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

Part 1: Featured Speaker



                                                                                              read more....

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

10:45 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Statler
Session Chair
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Presentations
Speaker
Kevin Haas
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Co-Author
Sara Bredin
University of Arizona
United States
Co-Author
Seongho Ahn
Research Assistant
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Co-Author
Vince Neary
MHK Technology Lead
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Speaker
Ning Li
Wave Forecast Systems Specialist
Ocean Resource Engineering, University of Hawaii
United States
Co-Author
Kwok Fai Cheung
Professor, Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering
University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States
Co-Author
Luis Vega
Manager, National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Hawaii
United States
Co-Author
Patrick Cross, PhD
Senior Project Specialist
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States
Speaker
Jarett Goldsmith
Wave and Tidal Energy, Renewables Advisor
DNV GL - Energy
United States
Co-Author
Alison Raby
Associate Head
Plymouth University, School of Engineering
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Ben Child
Technical Lead, Wave & Tidal Energy Advisory
DNV GL
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Deborah Greaves
Professor of Ocean Engineering, and Director of COAST, School of Marine Science and Engineering
University of Plymouth
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Jan Oberhagemann
Senior Project Engineer, Fluid Engineering
DNV GL
Germany
Co-Author
Martyn Hann
Lecturer in Coastal Engineering
Plymouth University
United Kingdom
Speaker
Linnea Sjokvist
PhD Student
Uppsala University, Department of Engineering Sciences
Sweden
Co-Author
Deborah Greaves
Professor of Ocean Engineering, and Director of COAST, School of Marine Science and Engineering
University of Plymouth
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Edward Jack Ransley
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Plymouth University
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Jens Engstrom
Assistant Professor
Div. for electricity, Uppsala University
Sweden
Co-Author
Malin Goteman
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Sciences
Uppsala University
Sweden
Co-Author
Martyn Hann
Lecturer in Coastal Engineering
Plymouth University
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Mats Leijon
Uppsala University
Sweden
Co-Author
Mikael Eriksson
Uppsala University
Sweden
Speaker
Nathan Tom
Engineer III – Multi Discipline
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Alan Wright
Principal Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Yi-Hsiang Yu, PhD
Senior Research Engineer, Water Power Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
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
Retired as Generation Manager of 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

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: South American
A key component of achieving commercial viability in this industry is to reduce technology costs. In the U.S., the Department of Energy and industry leaders have collaborated to identify the most promising cost-reduction opportunities, and then have funded the work to pursue these opportunities. Where are we now? What progress read more....
Session Leader
Mirko Previsic
President
Re Vision Consulting LLC
United States
Panelist
Jonathan Hodges
Senior Innovation Engineer
Wave Energy Scotland
United Kingdom
Panelist
Rajesh Dham
Technology Manager
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Tony Lewis
Chief Technical Officer
Ocean Energy
Ireland
Panelist
Vince Neary
MHK Technology Lead
Sandia National Laboratories
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

2:15 PM-4:00 PM
Room: South American
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize process identified great concepts from a number of technology developers and has enabled a funding mechanism for moving some of these concepts closer to reality. Listen to and learn from the Wave Energy Prize finalists as they share their specific advice regarding read more....
Session Leader
Belinda Batten, PhD
Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Oregon State University
United States
Panelist
Alex Hagmuller
CEO and President
Aquaharmonics
United States
Panelist
Ann Dallman
Senior R&D Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Panelist
Mirko Previsic
President
Re Vision Consulting LLC
United States
Panelist
Thomas Boerner, MSc
Hydrodynamics and Controls Lead
CalWave Power
United States
Panelist
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States

2:15 PM-4:00 PM
Room: Statler
Session Chair
Vince Neary
MHK Technology Lead
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Presentations
Speaker
Alexandra Muscalus
Research Technician
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Co-Author
Heidi Tinnesand
Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Kevin Haas
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Co-Author
Levi Kilcher
Research Scientist
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Ian Masters
College of Engineering
Swansea University
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Matt Lewis
Research Fellow, Centre of Applied Marine Sciences, School of Ocean Sciences
Bangor University
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Michael Togneri
Research Fellow
Swansea University
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Simon Neill
Reader
Bangor University
United Kingdom
Speaker
Craig Hill
Research Associate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Alberto Aliseda
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Stewart, PhD
Principal Engineer, Applied Physics Laboratory, and Associate Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Katherine Van Ness
Graduate Student
University of Washington
United States
Speaker
Ramona Barber
Doctoral Candidate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Alberto Aliseda
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Craig Hill
Research Associate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Michael Motley
Assistant Professor, , Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Miguel Somoano
PhD Candidate
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Spain
Co-Author
Pavel Babuska
Graduate Student Researcher
University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering
United States
Co-Author
Richard Wiebe
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
United States
Speaker
Benjamin Strom
Graduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Noah Johnson
Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of Washington, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC)
United States
Speaker
Filip Simeski
Undergraduate Researcher
Brown University
United States
Co-Author
Jennifer Franck, PhD
Lecturer
Brown University
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

4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Pan American
Session Chair
Rick Driscoll
Senior Engineer, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies, National Wind Technology Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Presentations
Poster Presenter
Elliot Weiss
Undergraduate Researcher
Brown University
United States
Co-Author
Shreyas Mandre
Assistant Professor
Brown University
United States
Poster Presenter
Bradley Ling
R&D Engineer
Azura Wave
United States
Co-Author
Eric Nelson
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Luis Vega
Manager, National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Hawaii
United States
Co-Author
Terry Lettenmaier
Consulting Engineer
Williwaw Engineering
United States
Poster Presenter
Arindam Banerjee
P.C. Rossin Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Lehigh University
United States
Co-Author
Sudharsan Kalidoss
Graduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Lehigh University
United States
Poster Presenter
Bradley Ling
R&D Engineer
Azura Wave
United States
Co-Author
Terry Lettenmaier
Consulting Engineer
Williwaw Engineering
United States
Poster Presenter
Ann Pembroke
Vice President
Normandeau Associates
United States
Co-Author
Julia Robinson Willmott
Senior Scientist
Normandeau Associates
United States
Co-Author
Stephanie McGovern, MSc, BSc
Principal Ornithologist
APEM Ltd.
United Kingdom
Poster Presenter
Mark Leybourne
Senior Engineer
ITPEnergised
United Kingdom
Co-Author
David Leboe
Director, Product Development
Instream Energy Systems Corp.
Canada
Co-Author
Gino Bawn
ITPEnergised
United States
Co-Author
Ronan Conron
Mechanical Engineer
Instream Energy Systems Corp.
Canada
Co-Author
Samuel Jeddere-Fisher
Marine Engineer
ITPEnergised
United Kingdom
Poster Presenter
Arindam Banerjee
P.C. Rossin Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Lehigh University
United States
Co-Author
Angela Lawrence
Graduate Research Assistant
Lehigh University
United States
Co-Author
Ashwin Vinod
Lehigh University
United States
Poster Presenter
Adam Brown, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, APL
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Ashley Ellenson
Graduate Research Assistant
Oregon State University
United States
Co-Author
Jim Thomson
Principal Oceanographer
University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Merrick Haller
Associate Professor
Oregon State University
United States
Co-Author
Tuba Ozkan-Haller
Professor
Oregon State University
United States
Poster Presenter
Kaus Raghukumar
Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc
United States
Co-Author
Craig Jones, PhD
Principal
Integral Consulting
United States
Co-Author
Frank Spada
Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc
United States
Co-Author
Grace Chang
Managing Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Tim Janssen
Spoondrift Technologies
United States
Co-Author
Wheeler Gans
Electrical Engineer
Spoondrift Technologies
United States
Poster Presenter
Isabel Scherl
Student
Brown University School of Engineering
United States
Co-Author
Jennifer Franck, PhD
Lecturer
Brown University
United States
Poster Presenter
Hannah Ross
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor
University of Washington
United States
Poster Presenter
Brian Rosenberg
Marine Systems Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Co-Author
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Poster Presenter
Aaron Porter, P.E.
Coastal Engineer
Coast and Harbor Engineering, A Division of Hatch Mott MacDonald
United States
Co-Author
James McNatt
Managing Director
Mocean Energy LLC
United States
Co-Author
Jesse Roberts
Environmental Lead, Water Power Technologies
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Kelley Ruehl
Technical Staff - Mechanical Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Poster Presenter
Mirko Musa
Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering (Water Resources)
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Craig Hill
Research Associate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Michael Heisel
Graduate Student
University of Minnesota
United States
Co-Author
Michele Guala
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo Engineering
St Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota
United States
Poster Presenter
Emma Cotter
Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Paul Murphy
Research Scientist / Engineer 3
Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
United States
Poster Presenter
Krishnakumar Rajagopalan
Post Doctoral Fellow
University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States
Co-Author
Gérard Nihous
Associate Professor
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering
United States
Co-Author
Luis Vega
Manager, National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Hawaii
United States
Co-Author
Patrick Cross, PhD
Senior Project Specialist
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States
Poster Presenter
Travis Moscicki
Student Researcher
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
James VanZwieten
Assistant Research Professor, Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Poster Presenter
Ryan Coe
Research Engineer, Water Power Technologies
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Aubrey Eckert-Gallup
Research Mathematician, Member of the Technical
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Jarred Canning
Research Assistant
The University of Texas at Austin
United States
Co-Author
Lance Manuel
Professor
The University of Texas at Austin
United States
Co-Author
Phong Nguyen
Graduate Student
University of Texas at Austin
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

9:00 AM-10:15 AM
Room: South American
In the marine energy sector, innovation is key … not just in terms of technology development, but also in terms of revenue generation. The traditional business approach of selling electricity to a utility via a standard power purchase agreement (PPA) is not the only revenue generation model. But, what are read more....
Session Leader
Bill McShane
Technology Manager, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Al LiVecchi
Laboratory Program Manager, Water Power
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Bill Staby
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Resolute Marine Energy
United States
Panelist
Gary Gill
Deputy Director, Coastal Sciences Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Marine Sciences Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Scott Littlefield
Program Manager
DARPA/TTO
United States

9:00 AM-10:15 AM
Room: Statler
Session Chair
Steve Dewitt
General Engineer
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Presentations
Speaker
Martin Wosnik
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
University of New Hampshire
United States
Co-Author
Erin Bell, Ph.D, P.E
Associate Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of New Hampshire
United States
Co-Author
Ian Gagnon
Research Assistant
University of New Hampshire
United States
Co-Author
Kenneth Baldwin
Professor
Center for Ocean Renewable Energy (UNH-CORE)
United States
Speaker
Benson Waldron
Principal Engineer
DNV GL
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Fraser Ewing
Research Engineer
Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Philipp Thies
Senior Lecturer Renewable Energy - Offshore Reliability
University of Exeter, Renewable Energy Group
United Kingdom
Speaker
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Co-Author
Brian Rosenberg
Marine Systems Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Co-Author
Jennifer Vining
Senior Electrical Design Engineer
Oscilla Power Inc
United States
Speaker
Ryan Coe
Research Engineer, Water Power Technologies
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Giorgio Bacelli
Postdoctoral Appointee, Waterpower Power Technologies
Sandia National Laboratories
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

10:30 AM-11:45 AM
Room: South American
Asia, Europe, North America. Each of these geographic regions of the world offer great opportunity to develop marine energy projects, yet they each come with business-related barriers and challenges. In this important session, experienced insiders share their most important “must know” business insights from their “on-the-ground” experiences for successfully working read more....
Session Leader
Ann Dallman
Senior R&D Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Panelist
John Ferland
President and COO
Ocean Renewable Power Company
United States
Panelist
Mark Leybourne
Senior Engineer
ITPEnergised
United Kingdom
Panelist
Mary Ann Adonizio, P.E.
Director of Resource Assessment and Project Development
Verdant Power
United States
Panelist
Oliver Wragg
Commercial Director
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Limited
United Kingdom

10:30 AM-11:45 AM
Room: Statler
Session Chair
Andrea Copping
Senior Research Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Presentations
Speaker
Andrea Copping
Senior Research Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Sharon Kramer, PhD
Principal, Fish Ecologist
H.T. Harvey & Associates
United States
Speaker
Lindsay Dubbs
Research Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina
United States
Co-Author
Jinchun Yuan
Professor
Department of Natural Sciences, Elizabeth City State University
United States
Co-Author
Larisa Avens
Research Fishery Biologist
National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center
United States
Co-Author
Linda D'Anna
UNC Coastal Studies Institute and East Carolina University
United States
Co-Author
Matthew Waters
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Auburn University
United States
Co-Author
Michael Piehler
UNC Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Science and Program Head, UNC Coastal Studies Institute
United States
Co-Author
Steve Lockhart
Research Associate
UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Coastal Studies Institute
United States
Speaker
Samuel McWilliams
Scientist
Integral Consulting
United States
Co-Author
Craig Jones, PhD
Principal
Integral Consulting
United States
Co-Author
Jesse Roberts
Environmental Lead, Water Power Technologies
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Speaker
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Luis Vega
Manager, National Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Hawaii
United States
Co-Author
Patrick Cross, PhD
Senior Project Specialist
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States
Co-Author
Paul Murphy
Research Scientist / Engineer 3
Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
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