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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...


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: 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

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

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: 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

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: 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

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

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