Select Criteria: Tracks = A - NHA, B - NHA, C - NHA, Plenary, Workshop
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Presidential

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

3:00 PM-4:15 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

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...


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

The future of federal tax incentives for project development is uncertain. Congress is looking to overhaul the U.S. tax code, and many state and localities have established special tax incentives for particular development. In this facilitated discussion with audience participation, panelists offer specifics of where they are finding funding today, ...read more...


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...


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

As regions and states continue to advance and build on energy and environmental policy priorities -- such as greenhouse gas cap and trade programs and renewable portfolio standards, we know that hydropower has a significant role to play in meeting these objectives. Historically, however, hydropower has not always been included ...read more...

Session Leader
David Zayas
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Technical Services
National Hydropower Association
United States

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...


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

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
Tyler Mansholt
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:



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Session Leader
LeRoy Coleman
Senior Manager of Strategic Communications
National Hydropower Association
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...


12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Room: Presidential

2:15 PM-3:00 PM
Room: Congressional

There are many new faces at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 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 are they seeing upcoming?

     How do ...read more...


2:15 PM-3:00 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

2:15 PM-3:00 PM
Room: Federal A/B

Hear from a panel of the “new-next-now” generation of hydro professionals as they share views about:

     What attracted them to this industry?

     What elements of the job offer were most attractive?

     What keeps you coming back to work every day?



Come away with new ideas ...read more...


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:

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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...


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...


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
Michael Manwaring
Vice President Hydropower Planning Advisor
MWH, now a Part of Stantec
United States

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

The television game show circuit has nothing on us!



In this fun, lively 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...


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...