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9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Senate

Whether a seasoned government affairs professional or an individual hydro professional interested in communicating hydro’s benefits with policymakers, this “nuts and bolts” session will provide event attendees the information they need to be effective advocates for our industry.

The workshop includes: tips for setting up meetings; how to “make the ask”; ...read more...

Instructor
Rebecca Blood
Vice President
Wexler Walker
United States

1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room: Presidential
Waterpower will play an increasingly more important role as we transform our energy sector.  Legislation has been moving through Congress and there are a number of proceedings within the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) and other agencies to streamline regulations.  Infrastructure is a major topic, so this session will examine ...read more...
Session Leader
Herbie Johnson
Hydro General Manager
Southern Company
United States
Featured Speaker
Mark Menezes
Under Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Speaker
Linda Church Ciocci
Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States

3:00 PM-4:15 PM
Room: Congressional

There are many new faces at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with changes at both the leadership level and among the staff. This session provides an opportunity to hear from FERC leadership:
     What are their priorities?
     What challenges do they see on the horizon?
  ...read more...

Session Leader
Jot Splenda
Senior Project Manager, Power and Energy
The Louis Berger Group Inc.
United States
Panelist
CarLisa Linton
Acting Director, Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance, Office of Energy Projects
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
David Capka
Director, Division of Dam Safety and Inspections, Office of Energy Projects
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
Vince Yearick
Director, Division of Hydropower Licensing
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States

3:00 PM-4:15 PM
Room: Senate

The U.S. and Canadian power systems as a whole, and the hydro systems in particular, are intricately connected. Yet, U.S. energy policy development and its benefits will be different for companies on either side of the border. Panelists in this session discuss “hot topic” hydro-related issues affecting both sides of ...read more...

Session Leader
Christopher Rousseau, P.E.
Manager, Hydro Operations
Minnesota Power, an ALLETE Company
United States
Panelist
Eduard Wojczynski
Interim President
Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA)
Canada
Panelist
Gary Sutherland
Relationship Manager, Business Development Group
Hydro-Quebec
Canada
Panelist
Julie Pierce
Vice President of Strategy and Planning
Minnesota Power
United States

3:00 PM-4:15 PM
Room: Federal A/B

In this facilitated discussion with audience participation, panelists offer specifics of where they are finding funding today, including private investment, loans, grants, and other available incentives. The session also offers time to identify "wish lists" for economic incentives that would help hydro going ...read more...

Session Leader
Jose Zayas
Vice President, Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Panelist
Eric Thompson
Vice President Sales/Marketing
Natel Energy Inc.
United States
Panelist
Matthew Swindle
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
NLine Energy, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Nuru Lama
Principal Investment Officer, Global Power
International Finance Corporation
United States

3:00 PM-4:15 PM
Room: South American

There’s no better place than Washington, D.C., to sit down with leaders of regulatory and natural resource agencies who affect the marine energy industry.

In this session, modeled after Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio addresses of the 1930s, representatives of various agencies share their perspectives and insights about Administration priorities, changes in ...read more...

Session Leader
Cherise Gaffney
Partner
Stoel Rives, LLP
United States
Panelist
Gregory Sanders
Wildlife Biologist, Office of Environment, Pacific OCS Region
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
United States
Panelist
Stephen Bowler
South Branch Chief, Division of Hydropower Licensing
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States

3:00 PM-4:15 PM
Room: Statler AB
Session Chair
Steve DeWitt
General Engineer
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Presentation/Paper
Speaker
Jonathan Colby
Director of Technology Performance
Verdant Power Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Aaron Hernandez
Corporate Development & Communications
Verdant Power Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Dean Corren
Director of Marine Current Technology
Verdant Power Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Mary Ann Adonizio, P.E.
Director of Resource Assessment and Project Development
Verdant Power Inc.
United States
Speaker
Kevin Haas
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Co-Author
Jonathan Colby
Director of Technology Performance
Verdant Power Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Tongtong Xu
Graduate Research Assistant, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Co-Author
Vince Neary
Science and Engineering Research and Development
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Speaker
Ferderick (Rick) Driscoll
Senior Engineer, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies, National Wind Technology Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Erik Mauer
Project Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Co-Author
Jeffrey Rieks
Senior Engineer
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Speaker
Ning Li
Wave Forecast Systems Specialist
Ocean Resource Engineering, University of Hawaii
United States
Co-Author
Kwok Fai Cheung
Professor and Graduate Chair
University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States
Co-Author
Patrick Cross, PhD
Program Manager - Ocean Energy
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States

4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Room: Congressional

Join this session to explore alternatives for owners of existing hydro projects with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses close to expiration. Alternatives to applying for a relicense include:

·         Re-powering/re-investing by amending an existing license

·         Decommissioning/Surrendering

·         Migrating from a license to an exemption

What are the considerations owners are taking into ...read more...

Session Leader
John Clements
Of Counsel
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
United States
Panelist
Anne Sibree
Attorney, Office of General Counsel
Denver Water
United States
Panelist
Michael Swiger
Partner
Van Ness Feldman LLP
United States
Panelist
Mo Fayyad
Civil Engineer, Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance, Office of Energy Projects
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States

4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Room: Senate

Cities, states and other institutions continue to advance energy and environmental policies, such as renewable energy and sustainability goals, renewable portfolio standards, and cap-and-trade programs. 

This session will highlight a new NHA report, prepared by the Brattle Group, that analyzes hydropower’s role in meeting these policies in the past and discusses current examples and ...read more...

Session Leader
David Zayas
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Technical Services
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Dan Reicher
Executive Director
Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University
United States
Panelist
James Gibbons
Director of Policy and Planning
Burlington Electric Department
United States
Panelist
Roxana Lund
Manager, Policy
Brookfield Renewable
Canada

4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Room: Federal A/B

Ensuring the safety of dams continues to be of paramount importance to the hydro industry. With the recent occurrences of several extreme weather events and highly publicized dam performance incidents, the topic of dam safety is receiving increased attention from policy makers, the media, and the public. This session highlights ...read more...

Session Leader
Thomas Fitzgerald, PE
Senior Associate
Schnabel Engineering
United States
Panelist
Bill Schoenlein
Manager, Renewable Generation Operations
Consumers Energy
United States
Panelist
Eric Van Deuren
Director of Power Generation Engineering
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Panelist
Richard Mickwee
Dam Safety and Surveillance Supervisor
Southern Company Generation - Hydro Services
United States

4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Room: South American

What is the connection between priorities for the electric system and the potential for marine energy development to contribute to solutions? This session features utilities and grid reliability experts discussing their top issues. Panelists will offer insights into MHK value and opportunities in the future, and what data and educational ...read more...

Session Leader
Rebecca O'Neil
Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Panelist
Clay Koplin
CEO
Cordova Electric Cooperative
United States
Panelist
Jimmy Lindsay
Resource Strategy Project Manager
Portland General Electric
United States
Panelist
Vijay Satyal, PhD
Senior Policy & Outreach Advisor
Western Electricity Coordinating Council
United States

4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Session Chair
Grace Chang
Senior Consultant
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Presentation/Paper
Poster Presenter
Zhaoqing Yang, PhD
Chief Scientist, Coastal Ocean Modeling and Sciences Div
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Taiping Wang, PhD
Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Poster Presenter
Zhaoqing Yang, PhD
Chief Scientist, Coastal Ocean Modeling and Sciences Div
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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
Wei-Cheng Wu
Research Associate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Poster Presenter
Wesley Williams
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
United States
Co-Author
Jonathan Bird
Associate Professor
Portland State University
United States
Co-Author
Kang Li
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
United States
Co-Author
Sina Modaresahmadi
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
United States
Poster Presenter
Bryony DuPont
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University
United States
Poster Presenter
Ian Masters
Professor and Head of the Marine Energy Research Group
Swansea University
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Allan Mason-Jones
Lecturer - Teaching and Research
Cardiff University
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Daphne O'Doherty
Senior Lecturer
Cardiff 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
Shunqi Pan
Professor of Coastal Engineering
Cardiff University
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Simon Neill
Reader in Physical Oceanography
University of Bangor
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Tim O'Doherty
Professor
Cardiff University
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Timothy Ebdon
Postgraduate Research Student
Cardiff University
United Kingdom
Poster Presenter
Giorgio Bacelli
Senior Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
David Wilson
Graduate Research Assistant
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Coe
Senior Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Victor Nevarez
Student Intern
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Poster Presenter
Arindam Banerjee
P.C. Rossin Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Lehigh University
United States
Poster Presenter
Ashwin Vinod
Research Assistant
Lehigh University
United States
Co-Author
Jonathan Colby
Director of Technology Performance
Verdant Power Inc.
United States
Poster Presenter
Bryony DuPont
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University
United States
Co-Author
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Poster Presenter
Trent Dillon
Research Assistant
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Stewart, PhD
Associate Director, NNMREC
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Ben Maurer
Senior Engineer in the Ocean Engineering Department
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Benjamin Strom
Graduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor and Director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Robert Cavagnaro
Senior Engineer
University of Washington
United States
Poster Presenter
Alexandra Muscalus
Water Group Research Technician
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Co-Author
Kevin Haas
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
Poster Presenter
Jeffrey Banks
Department Head, Complex Systems Monitoring and Automation, The Applied Research Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
United States
Co-Author
Arnie Fontaine
Assistant Director, Applied Research Laboratory, and Research Professor
Penn State University
United States
Poster Presenter
Budi Gunawan
Hydrodynamic Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Poster Presenter
Giorgio Bacelli
Senior Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Coe
Senior Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Poster Presenter
Brandon Sackmann, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Craig Jones, PhD
Principal
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Eugene Revelas
Senior Consultant
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Poster Presenter
Mirko Previsic
President
Re Vision Consulting LLC
United States
Co-Author
Anantha Karthikeyan
Senior Control Engineer
Re Vision Consulting, LLC
United States
Co-Author
John McCarthy, CPA
Chief Executive Officer
OceanEnergy
Ireland
Co-Author
Tony Lewis
Chief Technical Officer
Ocean Energy
Ireland
Poster Presenter
Bryony DuPont
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University
United States
Co-Author
Christopher Sharp
PhD Candidate, Marine Renewable Energy Lab
Oregon State University
United States
Co-Author
Hannah Mankle
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Oregon State University
United States
Poster Presenter
Chien-An Chen
Graduate Research Assistant in Department of Electrical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
United States
Poster Presenter
Xiaofan Li
Student
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
United States
Co-Author
Dillon Martin
Graduate Research Assistant
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
United States
Co-Author
Khai Ngo
Professor
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
United States
Co-Author
Krish Thiagarajan
Professor
University of Maine
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
Co-Author
Xiuxing Yin
Virginia Tech
United States

9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Room: Presidential

As the regulator for the hydropower industry, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has a front-row seat on policy development to promote new U.S. hydropower and pumped-storage deployment and the relicensing of existing projects. FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre provides an update on Commission activities in the hydropower sector and his ...read more...

Panel Moderator
Alejandro Moreno
Director, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panel Moderator
Linda Church Ciocci
Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Featured Speaker
Kevin McIntyre
Chairman
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
United States
Panelist
Bill Girling
Senior Analyst
International Hydropower Association
United Kingdom
Panelist
Oliver Wragg
Commercial Director
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Limited
United Kingdom
Panelist
Pierre Marx
Executive Leader - North America, Hydro
GE Renewables
Canada
Panelist
Remi Gruet
CEO
Ocean Energy Europe
Belgium

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Congressional

Complying with all the elements in a FERC license can be complex, especially when there are conflicting mandates and requirements as well as changing environmental circumstances. Explore how licensees are approaching compliance when faced with unexpected changes in circumstances after reaching a settlement in the licensing ...read more...

Session Leader
Joshua Adrian
Attorney
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.
United States
Panelist
Kenneth Odom
Principal Engineer
Southern Company Services
United States
Panelist
Michael Kerr
Chief Executive Officer
New England Hydropower Company LLC
United States
Panelist
Todd Olson
Director, Hydro Compliance, Hydro Resources
PacifiCorp Energy
United States
Panelist
Warren Witt
Director of Hydro Operations
Ameren Missouri
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Senate

We all know that as an industry we need to amplify hydropower’s message. But what does that entail - strategically and tactically? And how does that relate to my individual company?

During this session, we will review several real-world scenarios that can be leveraged to communicate hydropower’s message.

Scenario Topics:

     ○  ...read more...

Session Leader
LeRoy Coleman
Senior Manager of Strategic Communications
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Andy Davis
Director of Stakeholder Relations
Brookfield Renewable
United States
Panelist
Dave Hanson
Project Manager, Licensing and Permitting, Power Generation Department
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
United States
Panelist
Debra Leithauser
Director of Corporate Communications
Idaho Power
United States
Panelist
Monika Sundbaum
Community Relations Specialist
Tacoma Power
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Federal A/B

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy is conducting research that could make a real difference for hydro? Studies like a market analysis is just one of many that support the industry. In this session, the DOE’s Waterpower Technologies Office shares highlights of exciting work that directly benefits ...read more...

Session Leader
Tim Welch
Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Abhishek Somani
Senior Economist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Adam Witt
Hydropower Systems Research Engineer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Kenneth Ross
Materials Research Engineer, Applied Materials and Performance Group
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Vladimir Koritarov
Water Power Program Manager
Argonne National Laboratory
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: South American

Two signs of a stable, ‘mature’ industry include: 1) companies working in the industry comply with a set of international, consensus-based standards; and 2) a certification process to go through to participate in the industry. 

This session provides perspectives from players in the industry about why it makes business sense to ...read more...

Session Leader
Jonathan Colby
Director of Technology Performance
Verdant Power Inc.
United States
Panelist
Anant Jain
Staff Engineer
Intertek
United States
Panelist
Bill Staby
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Resolute Marine Energy
United States
Panelist
Reenst Lesemann
Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Power Technologies
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Statler AB
Session Chair
Andrea Copping, Washington
Senior Program Manager - Marine and Coastal Waters
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Presentation/Paper
Speaker
Samuel McWilliams
Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Ann Dallman
Senior R&D Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Craig Jones, PhD
Principal
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Jesse Roberts
Environmental Analysis Lead
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Kaus Raghukumar
Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc
United States
Speaker
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor and Director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Jessica Noe
Research Scientist
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Paul Murphy
Research Engineer
University of Washington
United States
Speaker
Kaus Raghukumar
Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc
United States
Co-Author
Craig Jones, PhD
Principal
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Frank Spada
Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc
United States
Co-Author
Grace Chang
Senior Consultant
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Speaker
Andrea Copping, Washington
Senior Program Manager - Marine and Coastal Waters
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Co-Author
Alicia Gorton
Project Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Mikaela Freeman
Marine Science and Policy Analyst
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Stacia Dreyer, PhD
Assistant Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
United States
Speaker
Molly Grear
PhD Candidate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Andrea Copping, Washington
Senior Program Manager - Marine and Coastal Waters
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Co-Author
Gregory Sanders
Wildlife Biologist, Office of Environment, Pacific OCS Region
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
United States

12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Room: Presidential
Session Leader
Herbie Johnson
Hydro General Manager
Southern Company
United States
Featured Speaker
Thomas Smith, P.E., SES
Chief, Operations and Regulatory Division, LRD/NAD Regional Integration Team Leader, Directorate of Civil Works
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Congressional

Come and get the “inside scoop” on the status of policies of importance to your company’s bottom line – energy legislation, tax reform, appropriations, and more. The panel will discuss the White House and congressional agenda in the second year of the Trump Presidency and how the National Hydropower Association ...read more...

Session Leader
Jeffrey Leahey
Deputy Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Charles Sensiba
Partner
Troutman Sanders LLP
United States
Panelist
Paul Gay
Vice President
SMI
United States
Panelist
Timothy Urban
Partner/Principal
Washington Council Ernst & Young
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Senate

In the event of a crisis, are you prepared to effectively respond?

During this session, we will discuss crisis communications strategies and tactics for responding to events in the digital and traditional media landscape, as well as preventative reputational ...read more...

Session Leader
LeRoy Coleman
Senior Manager of Strategic Communications
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Andrew Munro
Senior Manager, External Affairs and Communications
Grant County Public Utility District
United States
Panelist
Mike Bradley
Strategic Communications Partner
Tennessee Valley Authority
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Federal A/B

Join the conversation with a panel of the “new-next-now” generation of hydro professionals as they share views about:
     What attracted them to this industry and where else did they look?
     What elements of the job offer were most attractive?
     What keeps them coming back to ...read more...

Session Leader
Brenna Vaughn
Managing Director
Hydro Research Foundation
United States
Panelist
Andrew Longenecker
Vice President of Business Development
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Panelist
Jordan Fink, P.E.
Chief, Electrical Branch, Hydroelectric Design Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Surabhi Karambelkar
PhD Student, School of Geography and Development
University of Arizona
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Room: South American

The traditional business approach of selling electricity to a utility via a standard power purchase agreement (PPA) is not the only revenue generation model for the marine energy sector.

Additional markets with promising potential include providing electricity for desalination, remote instrumentation, and sub-sea data centers.

Which of these and other alternative and ...read more...

Session Leader
Bill McShane
Technology Manager, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
James Bellingham
Director, Center for Marine Robotics
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
United States
Panelist
Joseph Sinfield
Associate Professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, and Director, College of Engineering Innovation and Leadership Studies Program
Purdue University
United States
Panelist
Neil Sims
CEO
Kampachi Farms, LLC
United States
Panelist
Oliver Wragg
Commercial Director
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Limited
United Kingdom

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Congressional

Even though significant investment has been made in the U.S. federal hydro system, there is still more to do to increase plant performance, capacity, and generation. In an era of constricting budgets, new solutions are needed to meet the needs.
Topics discussed in this session include:
     ...read more...

Session Leader
Barbara Smith
Vice President, National Relations, Power Marketing Liaison Office
Southeastern Power Administration and Southwestern Power Administration
United States
Panelist
Daniel Rabon
National Hydropower Business Line Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Eli Hopson
Vice President, Legal, Regulatory and Policy
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Panelist
Mike Pulskamp
Manager, Power Resources Office
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Panelist
William Drummond
Executive Director
Mid-West Electric Consumers Association
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Federal A/B

The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978, in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s, was designed to support domestic renewable energy sources. PURPA requires utilities to purchase electricity produced from “qualifying facilities” (QFs) owned by independent power producers if that electricity could be delivered at a ...read more...

Session Leader
Jeremy Pratt
Vice President and Market Director
TRC Solutions
United States
Panelist
Christina Hayes
Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs
Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company
United States
Panelist
Elizabeth Whittle
Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP
United States
Panelist
Mac McKinney
Energy Policy Advisor for Congressman Tim Walberg
U.S. House of Representatives
United States
Panelist
Scott Goodwin
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Energy Inc.
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
Session Chair
Ian Masters
Professor and Head of the Marine Energy Research Group
Swansea University
United Kingdom
Presentation/Paper
Poster Presenter
Jonathan Boutrot
Market Leader
Bureau Veritas
France
Co-Author
Nicolas Lariviere-Gillet
Engineer - Specialized Master Expert in Marine Renewable Energy
Bureau Veritas
France
Co-Author
Olivier Benyessaad
Offshore Projects Developer
Bureau Veritas
France
Poster Presenter
Andrea Copping, Washington
Senior Program Manager - Marine and Coastal Waters
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Co-Author
Amy Woodbury
Project Coordinator
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Jonathan Whiting
Scientist/Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Mikaela Freeman
Marine Science and Policy Analyst
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Simon Geerlofs
Marine Science and Policy Analyst
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Poster Presenter
Andrea Copping, Washington
Senior Program Manager - Marine and Coastal Waters
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Avila
Computational Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Garrett Staines
Marine Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Genevra Harker-Klimes
Senior Project Manager, Coastal Sciences Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Hull
Software Engineer, Marine Sciences Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Shari Matzner
Electron Microscopy Use Case Co-Lead, Marine Sciences Lab
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Poster Presenter
James VanZwieten
Assistant Research Professor, Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
Brittny Freeman
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
David Wilson
Graduate Research Assistant
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Co-Author
Yufei Tang
Asst. Professor & I-SENSE Fellow
Florida Atlantic University
United States
Poster Presenter
Maricarmen Guerra
PhD Candidate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Jim Thomson
Principal Oceanographer
University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory
United States
Poster Presenter
Scott James, P.E.
Professor, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group
Baylor University
United States
Co-Author
Fearghal O'Donncha
Research Scientist
IBM Research - Ireland
Ireland
Co-Author
Yushan Zhang
Graduate Student
University of Norte Dame
United States
Poster Presenter
Grace Chang
Senior Consultant
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Craig Jones, PhD
Principal
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Kaus Raghukumar
Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc
United States
Poster Presenter
Ian Masters
Professor and Head of the Marine Energy Research Group
Swansea University
United Kingdom
Poster Presenter
Daniel MacDonald
Professor SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
United States
Poster Presenter
Nathaniel Tarantino
Graduate Student
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
United States
Co-Author
Roger Race
V-Wing Underwater depressor Innovator builder
Boston Engineering Corporation
United States
Poster Presenter
Brian Rosenberg
Marine Systems Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Co-Author
Chris Chartrand
Senior Member of Technical Staff
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Eliot Quon
Researcher III-Mechanical Engineering
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Jennifer Van Rij
Researcher IV-Mechanical Engineering
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Coe
Senior Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Co-Author
Yi-Hsiang Yu, PhD
Senior Research Engineer, Water Power Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Poster Presenter
Ramona Barber
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Craig Hill
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Katherine Van Ness
Graduate Student
University of Washington
United States
Poster Presenter
Vassilios Vamvas
Founder & CEO
Enorasy LLC
United States
Poster Presenter
Ann Dallman
Senior R&D Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Craig Jones, PhD
Principal
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Jesse Roberts
Environmental Analysis Lead
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Kaus Raghukumar
Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc
United States
Co-Author
Samuel McWilliams
Scientist
Integral Consulting Inc.
United States
Poster Presenter
Amin Rafiei
Graduate Research Assistant in Civil and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
United States
Co-Author
M.S. Rahman
Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering
NC State University
United States
Co-Author
Mohammed Gabr
Alumni Distinguished Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
United States
Poster Presenter
Martin Wosnik
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
University of New Hampshire
United States
Co-Author
Erin Bell, Ph.D, P.E
Department Chair and Associate Professor
University of New Hampshire
United States
Co-Author
Ian Gagnon
Graduate Research Assistant
University of New Hampshire
United States
Co-Author
Kaelin Chancey
Graduate Research Assistant
University of New Hampshire
United States
Co-Author
Kenneth Baldwin
Professor
Center for Ocean Renewable Energy (UNH-CORE)
United States
Poster Presenter
Arvind Sriraman
Electrical and Automation Lead
Siemens
United States
Co-Author
John McCarthy, CPA
Chief Executive Officer
OceanEnergy
Ireland
Co-Author
Sean Barrett
Project Engineer
Ocean Energy USA
United States
Co-Author
Shahab Natanzi
Engineering Manager
Siemens
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Tony Lewis
Chief Technical Officer
Ocean Energy
Ireland
Poster Presenter
Ferderick (Rick) Driscoll
Senior Engineer, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies, National Wind Technology Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Andrea Copping, Washington
Senior Program Manager - Marine and Coastal Waters
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Co-Author
Kelley Ruehl
Wave Energy & Hydrodynamics Specialist
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Poster Presenter
Jan E Alam
Power Systems Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Rebecca O'Neil
Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Poster Presenter
Yi-Hsiang Yu, PhD
Senior Research Engineer, Water Power Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Jennifer Van Rij
Researcher IV-Mechanical Engineering
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
United States
Co-Author
Kelley Ruehl
Wave Energy & Hydrodynamics Specialist
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Nathan Tom
Engineer III – Multi Discipline
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States

7:15 AM-12:30 PM
Room: Federal A/B

The Hydraulic Power Committee (HPC) provides a forum for the hydropower industry, including federal and non-federal owners and operators, service providers, product and equipment manufacturers, contractors, and other hydropower professionals, to exchange critical information related to the technical and environment aspects of operating hydroelectric facilittaties.

At the HPC's spring meeting, you ...read more...


8:15 AM-9:30 AM
Room: South American

This session brings the perspectives of successful developers of offshore power projects together to share biggest lessons learned. Whether the project is using wind, waves, or tides, they each have unique permitting, deployment, and O&M challenges, as well as a complex supply chain. Learn how these challenges and complexities are being ...read more...

Session Leader
Jason Busch
Executive Director
Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET)
United States
Panelist
Elaine Buck
Technical Manager
European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
United Kingdom
Panelist
Elisa Obermann
Executive Director
Marine Renewables Canada
Canada
Panelist
Patrick Cross, PhD
Program Manager - Ocean Energy
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States

8:15 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Statler AB
Session Chair
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Presentation/Paper
Speaker
Bryony DuPont
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University
United States
Co-Author
Belinda Batten, PhD
Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering
Oregon State University
United States
Co-Author
Bret Bosma
Faculty Research Associate
OSU
United States
Co-Author
Christopher Sharp
PhD Candidate, Marine Renewable Energy Lab
Oregon State University
United States
Co-Author
Pedro Lomónaco
Director, O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory
Oregon State University
United States
Speaker
Mirko Previsic
President
Re Vision Consulting LLC
United States
Co-Author
Allan Chertok
Chief Technical Officer
Resolute Marine Energy
United States
Co-Author
Anantha Karthikeyan
Senior Control Engineer
Re Vision Consulting, LLC
United States
Co-Author
Jeff Scruggs
Professor
University of Michigan
United States
Speaker
Brian Rosenberg
Marine Systems Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Co-Author
Ben Maurer
Senior Engineer in the Ocean Engineering Department
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor and Director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Curtis Rusch
Research Assistant
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Jim Thomson
Principal Oceanographer
University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Robert Cavagnaro
Senior Engineer
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Speaker
Kaylie McTiernan
Master's Candidate
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Alberto Aliseda
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Ben Maurer
Senior Engineer in the Ocean Engineering Department
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Fabien
Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs 
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Bryony DuPont
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University
United States
Co-Author
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Speaker
Hancheol Cho
Postdoctoral Researcher
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Giorgio Bacelli
Senior Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Coe
Senior Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States

9:45 AM-11:00 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
Barbara Craig
Partner
Stoel Rives, LLP
United States
Panelist
Gregg Carrington
Managing Director, Energy Resources Division
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States
Panelist
John Katz
Deputy Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
Leslie Allen
Partner
Balch & Bingham LLP
United States

9:45 AM-11:00 AM
Room: Senate

Reliability, ancillary services, energy storage, wind/solar integration – these are all grid benefits that hydropower and pumped-storage projects provide and for which state regulators and regional grid operators are seeking to increase. The national government is taking a closer look at these issues with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), ...read more...

Session Leader
Nancy Craig
Project Manager, Hydropower Services
HDR
United States
Panelist
Brian Slocum
Vice President, Operations
ITC Holdings Corp., A Fortis Company
United States
Panelist
Marc Chupka
Partner
The Battle Group
United States
Panelist
Willie Whittlesey
Project Manager
Yuba County Water Agency
United States

9:45 AM-11:00 AM
Room: South American

In the marine energy market, it’s not unusual to hear: “Your technology is so new; banks are not in the business of lending for ‘experimental’ projects.” Yet, somehow, some projects have been successful in attracting investors.

This session focuses on: understanding – from the investor’s perspective - the risks faced in ...read more...

Session Leader
Noah Pollak
Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
United States
Panelist
Ian Masters
Professor and Head of the Marine Energy Research Group
Swansea University
United Kingdom
Panelist
Reenst Lesemann
Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Power Technologies
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

9:45 AM-11:00 AM
Room: Statler A/B
Session Chair
Robert Cavagnaro
Senior Engineer
University of Washington
United States
Presentation/Paper
Speaker
Simon Grey
Chief Executive
AWS Ocean Energy Ltd
United Kingdom
Co-Author
Johannes Spinneken
Principal Systems Engineer
Evergreen Innovations
United States
Speaker
Jonathan Colby
Director of Technology Performance
Verdant Power Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Robynne Murray
Postdoctoral Researcher-Mechanical Engineering
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Kang Li
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
United States
Co-Author
Jonathan Bird
Associate Professor
Portland State University
United States
Speaker
Krishnakumar Rajagopalan
Assistant Researcher
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
Program Manager - Ocean Energy
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States

11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Room: Congressional

The television game show circuit has nothing on us!

In this fun, fast-paced session, you’ll get up to speed on important facts and information you need to know related to the National Hydropower Association, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, Congress, general waterpower facts, and much ...read more...

Executive Producer
Nancy Skancke
Owner
NJS Law PLC
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Charles Sensiba
Partner
Troutman Sanders LLP
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Heather Campbell
Senior Policy Advisor
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Jim Gill
Director, Hydro Licensing and Water Management
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Linda Church Ciocci
Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Tim Welch
Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Team 1
Alejandro Moreno
Director, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Team 1
Alvin Thoma
Director, Power Generation
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Team 1
Julia Wood
Partner
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
United States
Team 1
Zeena Aljibury
Environmental Engineer, Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Team 2
Cleo Deschamps
Managing Attorney, Office of General Counsel - Energy Projects
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Team 2
Hoyt Battey
Program Manager for Market Barriers Research, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Team 2
Nick Jayjack
Division of Hydropower Licensing
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Team 2
Willie Whittlesey
Project Manager
Yuba County Water Agency
United States

11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Room: Senate

Like in the U.S., there are multiple energy sectors and regions throughout the world experiencing a resurgence in new pumped-storage projects. The main difference is that these regions seem to have found a way to cross the last few hurdles to get projects into construction that projects in the U.S. ...read more...

Session Leader
Michael Manwaring
Water Resources Director and Executive Vice President
McMillen Jacobs Associates
United States
Panelist
Carl Atkinson, III, P.E.
Director, Sales and Marketing
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Carl Borgquist
President
Absaroka Energy LLC
United States
Panelist
Denis Payre
President and CEO
Nature and PeopleFirst LLC
United States
Panelist
Pablo Ruiz
Senior Associate
The Brattle Group
United States

11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Room: Statler AB
Session Chair
Maria Laura Beninati
Associate Professor
Bucknell University
United States
Presentation/Paper
Speaker
Tim Mundon
Chief Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Co-Author
Brian Rosenberg
Marine Systems Engineer
Oscilla Power
United States
Speaker
Curtis Rusch
Research Assistant
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Ben Maurer
Senior Engineer in the Ocean Engineering Department
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Brian Polagye
Associate Professor and Director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Norbert Hoffmann
Professor
Hamburg University of Technology
Germany
Co-Author
Robert Cavagnaro
Senior Engineer
University of Washington
United States
Co-Author
Thomas Boerner, MSc
Hydrodynamics and Controls Lead
CalWave Power
United States
Speaker
Giorgio Bacelli
Senior Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Coe
Senior Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Co-Author
Steven Spencer
Research Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories
United States
Speaker
Tobias Dewhurst
Hydrodynamics Engineer
Maine Marine Composites
United States
Co-Author
Michael MacNicoll
Engineer
Maine Marine Composites
United States
Co-Author
Richard Akers
Chief Technology Officer
Maine Marine Composites
United States