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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
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
Chairman, CEO, and Founder
NLine Energy, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Nuru Lama
Principal Investment Officer, Global Power
International Finance Corporation
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

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 Renewable Energy Hydro
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

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
Hydropower 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

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

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...


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

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