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8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
In today's fast-paced world, the use of advanced technology is imperative and a must to remain competitive. Come participate in this active discussion on how new digital technology and virtual modeling can improve your asset management and organizational data analytics. See how the hydro industry is using 3D models, knowledge (read more...)
Moderator
Teri Lesniak
Senior Marketing Consultant
ABB
United States
Panelist
Frances Brinkman, PE
Sr. Engineering Manager
Black & Veatch
United States
Panelist
Jerry Tagestad
Research Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Panelist
Kim Fenrich
Product Manager
ABB
United States
Panelist
Sarah Fenwick, PEng
Senior Engineer
BC Hydro Power and Authority
Canada
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207A
Format: Panel
In today’s world, there is no shortage of instrumentation data with ever-evolving technology and advancements in continuous monitoring. In this session, attendees will learn about the tools and techniques available to analyze big data sets. This panel will cover combining data and engineering judgment to monitor dams and make decisions. (read more...)
Moderator
Leeann Gottuso
Civil Engineer
LG&E and KU Energy
United States
Panelist
Anne Mills
GIS Lead/ Environmental Scientist
Hatch
Canada
Panelist
Frederic Snider, PG
Associate Scientist
Schnabel Engineering
United States
Panelist
Jonathan Harris, P.E.
National Practice Leader for Dam Safety and Risk
Schnabel Engineering
United States
Panelist
Nate Bolles, PG
Geology Lead
Black & Veatch
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 202AB
Format: Panel
During this session, presenters will educate attendees on elements of marine energy power conditioning and grid integration from a technical level, including case histories. Discussions will include transmission line to grid connections regarding how marine energy systems can integrate with new, custom and existing grids through instrumentation being produced, as well (read more...)
Moderator
Rebecca O'Neil
Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Panelist
Alf Carroll
Raytheon
United States
Panelist
Carl Barrett
Project Manager
3U Technologies LLC
United States
Panelist
Charlie Vartanian
Northwest Territory Manager
Mitsubishi Electric Power
United States
Panelist
Steve DeWitt
General Engineer
U.S. Department of Energy
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 209A/210A
Want to quickly get up to speed on cutting-edge hydropower R&D? This session will offer attendees a fast-paced view of the latest tools and technologies being developed for the hydropower community. A series of short demos and interactive displays from a variety of national labs, research consortiums, technology innovators, and (read more...)
Moderator
Adam Witt
Hydropower Systems Research Engineer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Chris DeRolph
Geospatial Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Chris Suprock
Owner/CEO
Suprock Technologies
United States
Panelist
Craig Bird
Project Consultant
QuakeWrap
United States
Panelist
Daniel Deng
Chief Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Larry Hagstrom
Business Development Manager
Sidus Solutions
United States
Panelist
Marshall Moutenot
Co-Founder
Upstream PBC
United States
Panelist
Nathan Myers
Manager of the Hydropower Diagnostics and SCADA Group
Bureau of Reclamation U.S. Department of Interior
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203A
Are we learning from operational and safety events when they happen? Do we do a good job of communicating to others what we learn from these events? This session will discuss several real-life operational and safety events and their causes. We will take a look at the corrective actions taken (read more...)
Moderator
Wayne Hardie
Hydro Superintendent
Georgia Power Company
United States
Panelist
Jim Miller
Consultant
Signal Hydropower Consultants, LLC
United States
Panelist
Mike Ruszkowski
Principal Project Manager
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Panelist
Ray Chow
Operational Excellence – Regulated Renewables
Duke Energy
United States
Sponsored by:
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8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207C
Format: Panel
Many small hydro plants in the U.S. are approaching the time for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing with aging facilities, new environmental demands and lower energy prices. Come to this session and learn what regulatory and marketing factors need to be considered in deciding whether to relicense, surrender the license, (read more...)
Moderator
Alan Skelly
Chief Executive Officer
Pike Island Energy, LLC
United States
Panelist
Christopher Ball
Executive Vice President
Corpfinance International Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Dan Parker
Director - Business Development
Eagle Creek Renewable Energy
United States
Panelist
Kevin Young
President
Young Energy Services
United States
Panelist
Norman (Norm) Bishop, Jr., P.E.
Senior Executive Project Engineer
Knight Pièsold and Co.
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 209AB
Format: Panel
There are multiple, sometimes conflicting uses for the water resource. Learn about how all the interested parties share a finite resource, with such goals as fish management, water use, recreation, and hydropower operations. This session will include examples of hydro operators working with other users and interests to mitigate risk (read more...)
Moderator
Michael Murphy
Vice President, Hydropower
TRC Solutions
United States
Panelist
Jim Gill
Sr. Client Manager, Power Delivery
HDR
United States
Panelist
John Crutchfield, Jr.
Director, Public Safety and Recreation Strategy Planning Services
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Scott Hall
President and Chief Executive Officer
Great River Hydro
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
This session features a range of panelists from both inside and outside the hydropower industry discussing how the growth of data capture and analytics has changed the way business is being done. Explore with us how advances in big data affect everyday business decisions in organizational management, as well as (read more...)
Moderator
Daniel Rabon
National Hydropower Business Line Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Jeff Smyth, P.E.
President
Sapere Consulting
United States
Panelist
Kirk Hudson
Managing Director - Generation and Transmission
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States
Panelist
Landon Cassill
Driver
NASCAR
United States
Panelist
Michael Lemma
Senior Consultant
Nelson Irrigation
United States
Panelist
Reid Nelson
Vice President
Nelson Irrigation
United States
Panelist
Uzair Memon
VP - Digital Sales Direct
GE Renewable Energy
United States
Sponsored by:

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207A
Format: Panel
Choices made before construction may limit the ability to unwater the low-level outlet and water conveyance system, driving owner/operators to exploit new technologies to inspect hard-to-reach structures. Technology-laden remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles and drones deliver increasingly useful optical and positional data, facilitating timely condition assessments and quick returns to (read more...)
Moderator
Blake Rothfuss, P.E., D.WRE
Vice President and Project Director
COWI Tunnel
United States
Panelist
Bob Clarke, P.Eng.
Manager - ROV Services
ASI Group Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Jesse Hutton
President
Ballard Marine
United States
Panelist
Johnathon Hitchcock
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Nathan Bowersox
Principal Civil Engineer - Power Generation
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 202AB
Marine energy is not conventional hydro, but the two share many similarities that could simplify work needed to bring marine energy to commercial status. In this session, presenters who are conventional hydro suppliers will discuss existing and new technology that could be applied to marine energy in order to facilitate (read more...)
Moderator
Matthew Dunlap, P.E.
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Kleinschmidt
United States
Panelist
Chris Poyner
Industry Manager - Renewables
ABB Ltd.
United Kingdom
Panelist
Paul Roos
Managing Member
AMJET Turbine Systems, LLC
United States
Panelist
Thierry Burckhart
Owner
Burckhart Consult
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 210AB
Hydroelectric generation has been providing benefits to the transmission grid, as well as local communities and the environment, for many years. In this session, attendees will learn how developers, off takers and asset owners value hydropower and the benefits it continues to provide in a world striving for green energy (read more...)
Moderator
Jason Spreyer
Senior Vice President - Business Development
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
United States
Panelist
Debbie Gray
Senior Manager - Business Development
Hydro-Quebec
Canada
Panelist
Gerry Froese
Managing Director
Avangrid
United States
Panelist
Joe Rissignoli
Director, Transmission Development
National Grid
United States
Panelist
John Collins
Managing Director, Business Development
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Panelist
Paul Jacob
Chief Commercial Officer
Rye Development
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203A
Thanks to the large and increasing amount of non-dispatchable renewables, hydro plants today operate in a peaking environment like none other in their history. They experience frequent starts and stops and rapid load swings all day long, every day. North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules (read more...)
Moderator
John Holbrook
Director of Operations, Sales and Marketing
Systems Integrated
United States
Panelist
Gene Asbury
Senior Applications Specialist, Power Systems
Basler Electric
United States
Panelist
Mathieu Bergeron
Control Engineer
HYDRO-QUEBEC
Canada
Panelist
Sergio Taboada, P.E.
Business Development Manager
Siemens
United States
Sponsored by:

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207C
Format: Panel
Hydro operators are making innovative decisions and investments, often partnering with stakeholders and agencies, that benefit both the environment and the bottom line. Hear examples of these technologies and procedures from both the operators and their partners. Walk away with ideas for maximizing your revenue while minimizing costs through (read more...)
Moderator
Shannon Ames
Executive Director
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
United States
Panelist
Chuck Peoples
Director of Conservation Programs, North Carolina Chapter
The Nature Conservancy
United States
Panelist
Curt Aikens
General Manager
Yuba County Water Agency
United States
Panelist
Erik Steimle
Vice President
Rye Development
United States
Panelist
Julie Smith-Galvin
Principal
JSG Communications
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 209AB
This session will provide a retrospective and future look at fish passage in the U.S. With new data available from 25 years of research, more information is now available to provide valuable insights for new fish facilities. Discover what worked well and get lessons learned. This session will include a (read more...)
Moderator
Tim Brush
Senior Principal Scientist and Vice President
Normandeau Associates, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Alan Stuart
Senior Project Manager
Duke Energy Carolinas
United States
Panelist
David Coughlan
Senior Fisheries Scientist
Normandeau Associates, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Jeff Osborn
Project Biologist
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States
Panelist
Neal Simmons
Vice President, R&D and Optimization
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
A town hall format gives attendees a unique opportunity to listen and engage directly with tomorrow's workforce on what’s working and areas that need improvement in recruitment, retention, and training for the next generation of hydro employees. Participants are invited to ask the panel, all of whom have worked in (read more...)
Moderator
Scott Chronister
Operations Director
American Hydro Corporation
United States
Panelist
Casey Gaffrey
Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Heather Martin, P.E.
Project Engineer
Kleinschmidt
United States
Panelist
Jesse Thornburg
PhD Student
Carnegie Mellon University
United States
Panelist
Manny Hernandez
Controls Engineer
American Governor Company
United States
Panelist
Robbie Queen
Hydro Research Fellow
Hydropower Foundation
United States
Sponsored by:

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207A
There have been many Oroville Dam headlines, but behind the headlines are an array of success stories demonstrating how far we have come as a dam safety community. In this session, you will hear from those closest to the action, sharing what went right, starting with local emergency response and (read more...)
Moderator
Duane McClelland
Senior Water Resources Engineer
CH2M
United States
Panelist
Brad Keaton, P.E.
Carolinas-Hydro Fleet
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
David Capka
Director, Division of Dam Safety and Inspections
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
Mark Andersen
State Water Project Director (Retired)
Retired
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 202AB
The value of marine energy in the power delivery model is a foundational concept that can help reinforce the great cost-effectiveness potential of this exciting technology. In this session, presenters will discuss data sets that indicate how marine energy fits in a power delivery (read more...)
Moderator
Andrea Copping, Washington
Senior Program Manager - Marine and Coastal Waters
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Panelist
Bill McShane
Technology Manager, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Bill Staby
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Resolute Marine Energy
United States
Panelist
Rick Williams
Founder and Principal
Oregon Applied Research LLC
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 210AB
Format: Panel
Explore the various treasures waiting for you in the world of hydropower! Participants in this unique session will be sent out on an adventure to find new hydropower technologies. After personal interaction with representatives of various equipment suppliers, all participants will receive a treasure map with several supplier checkpoints during (read more...)
Moderator
Jeremy Smith
Sales Manager, Strategic Projects
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States
Panelist
Abe Schneider
President, Chief Technology Officer
Natel Energy, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Asad Choudry
Business Development Manager, Flygt Hydroturbines
Xylem Water Technology Solutions
United States
Panelist
Darryl Stevenson
Manager, Hydro Automation
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Panelist
MADELEINE WHITE
PROJECT ENGINEER
EMRGY
Panelist
Maryse Francois-Xausa
Customer Technology Solutions Leader
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 203A
Operating and maintaining a hydro plant in today's utility environment can be a daunting job. Multiple conflicting goals must be managed. Relicensing often brings a host of new features and new operational requirements, which can be at odds with efficient operation of your units. Equipment vendors whisper in your ear, (read more...)
Moderator
Tom Garske
Product Line Manager
AMERICAN GOVERNOR COMPANY
United States
Panelist
Eric Vaughn
Electrical Engineer, P.E.
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
United States
Panelist
Richard Schaefer
Senior Application Specialist
Basler Electric Co.
United States
Panelist
Roger Yeargan
Hydro Manager – Lower Coosa River Group
Alabama Power
United States
Sponsored by:

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 207C

Two years have passed since the Hydropower Vision was released. A roadmap was laid out in that document to move U.S. hydro forward  in the areas of regulations, technology, sustainability, markets and outreach. So how have we progressed? You’ll hear from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (read more...)

Moderator
Anna West
Principal and Co-Founder
Kearns & West
United States
Panelist
Herbie Johnson
Hydro General Manager
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Shannon Ames
Executive Director
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
United States
Panelist
Shelaine Curd-Hetrick
Research Operations Manager
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Tim Welch
Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
TJ Heibel
Water Power Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 209AB
This session will discuss a variety of solutions to deal with the problem of low dissolved oxygen in the river. Several technology advances have been made to better deal with this situation. Aerating turbines will be among the technologies discussed during this session. Expert panelists will also cover implementation strategies (read more...)
Moderator
Steve Layman, PhD
Principal Consultant
Kleinschmidt
United States
Panelist
David Scott
Lead Engineer in Hydrodynamics
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States
Panelist
Jeffrey Ogden
Program Manager, Reservoir Release Improvements
Tennessee Valley Authority
United States
Panelist
Keith Finley
Project Manager II
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Kenneth Odom
Principal Engineer
Southern Company Services
United States
Panelist
Neal Simmons
Vice President, R&D and Optimization
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
Just like the NASCAR circuit, enter the hydropower racing oval with our expert panel and discuss methods that use non-cost-based, yet competitive selection processes to assemble diverse project teams of researchers, engineering, manufacturing, construction and operations. Discover how you can create winning teams of innovators and better achieve project objectives (read more...)
Moderator
Steve Wenke, PE
Senior Manager Generation Strategy and Planning
Avista Utilities
United States
Panelist
Brian Taylor
Senior Construction Manager
PCL Construction Inc.
United States
Panelist
Bruno Kaelin
Sales and Tendering Director, US Hydro
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States
Panelist
Ellen Ballantine
Mechanical Engineer, PE
US Army Corps of Engineers, Hydroelectric Design Center
United States
Panelist
Karen Graham
Hydropower Business Class Lead
HDR
Canada
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207A
Format: Panel
Most of the available publications capture how things should be done. But when things go wrong, we really don’t like to talk about it. Behind those mistakes there are lessons to be learned, and these lessons need to be shared not only with your direct staff but also with the hydro (read more...)
Moderator
Ryan Gee
Senior Structural Engineer
AECOM
United States
Panelist
N. Christian Porse
Project Manager
Mavel Americas
United States
Panelist
Paul Cyr
Senior Engineering Consultant
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Panelist
Richard Dulin, P.E.
Senior Hydro-Mechanical Engineer
AECOM
United States
Panelist
Richard Mickwee
Dam Safety and Surveillance Supervisor
Southern Company Generation - Hydro Services
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 202AB
Presenters will share their expertise regarding how to accomplish more with existing financing for already funded projects. Panelists will also discuss how each decides on the best funding option, including seeking funding from bankers and other funding organizations for projects yet to hit the (read more...)
Moderator
Bill Staby
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Resolute Marine Energy
United States
Panelist
Mark Huang
Co-Founder & Managing Director
SeaAhead BlueTech Innovation
United States
Panelist
Trey Taylor
President
Verdant Power Inc.
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 210AB
Format: Panel
This interactive session will feature small hydro developers and professionals who will share how they have added new hydro facilities. Measures to lower costs and strategies on competing successfully in the North American market will be discussed. Panel members will share case studies focusing on meeting the challenges faced by new (read more...)
Moderator
Kurt Johnson
Principal
Telluride Energy LLC
United States
Panelist
Brett Bauer
Vice President
Canyon Hydro
United States
Panelist
Paul Roos
Managing Member
AMJET Turbine Systems, LLC
United States
Panelist
Ted Sorenson
Owner
Sorenson Engineering Inc
United States
Panelist
Uday Bhende
Managing Director
Kirloskar EnerGen Pvt Ltd
India

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 203A
Managing asset protection is a challenging task. Relay coordination is vital to ensure reliability. Arc flash setting strategies also impact your protection scope. Join this lively discussion for a variety of approaches to mitigate issues affecting relays, breakers and (read more...)
Moderator
Paul Bernhardt
Principle Engineer
Bergmann Associates
United States
Panelist
Chuck Tuttle
Principal Electrical Engineer
Exelon Corporation
United States
Panelist
Nathan Klingerman
Generation System Protection Engineer
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Sam Anabtawi
Senior Electrical Engineer
Southern Company
United States
Sponsored by:

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207C
This session will look at specific examples where development and operation of pumped storage is valued and encouraged, particularly in Europe. We will explore what is driving the success of these projects, what their markets are doing right, and whether these examples offer us policies or regulations that could be (read more...)
Moderator
Michael Manwaring
Water Resources Director and Executive Vice President
McMillen Jacobs Associates
United States
Panelist
David Harvard
Senior Project Director
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France
Panelist
Don Erpenbeck, P.E., PMP
Global Energy Director
Stantec
United States
Panelist
Klaus Krueger, PhD
Manager Product & Plant Safety and Innovation
Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Panelist
Michael Swiger
Partner
Van Ness Feldman LLP
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 209AB
Every hydropower project is a piece of a much larger system. Assessing hydropower in the context of the greater system (e.g., river basin) and considering external influences (such as environmental objectives, other hydropower projects operating in the basin, long-term hydrological changes, and other water uses—whether complimentary or competing) allows the (read more...)
Moderator
Kathleen King, P.E.
Senior Civil Engineer, Waterpower & Dams
Stantec
United States
Panelist
Jordan Macknick
Energy-Water-Land Lead Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Mark Oakley
Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Project Manager
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Steve Nebiker, P.E.
Vice President, Director, Marketing/Business Development
HydroLogics
United States
Panelist
Tony Norris
Senior Staff Member, Operations Planning Group
Bonneville Power Administration
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
The session features professionals from within and outside of the hydro industry who will use case studies across the full hydropower supply chain and share their experiences to discuss their specific challenges and success stories regarding their ability to “take the punch” of unplanned events. Panelist discussions will revolve around the (read more...)
Moderator
Jordan Fink, P.E.
Chief, Electrical Branch, Hydroelectric Design Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Catherine Campbell
Mechanical Engineer
U.S, Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
John Holbrook
Director of Operations, Sales and Marketing
Systems Integrated
United States
Panelist
John Yale
Hydro Plant Engineering Manager
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States
Panelist
Ram Veeraraghaven, P.E.
Electrical Engineering Supervisor
Tacoma Power
United States
Panelist
Steve Jones
Hydropower Business Line Manager, Philpott Dam
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Sponsored by:

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207A
Many of our important structures cannot be tested under extreme loading. For example, fuse plug initiation and performance, the performance of civil structures under the effects of an earthquake and the reliability of rock anchors embedded in a dam foundation are all unknowns. In many cases, these loads may never occur, (read more...)
Moderator
James Rutherford
Project Engineer, Senior Civil Engineer
Hatch
United States
Panelist
Michael Morgenroth, Dipl. Ing, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Vice President Engineering
Regional Power
Canada
Panelist
Scott Jones
Senior Engineering Manager
AECOM
United States
Panelist
Vinod Batta
Vice President, Engineering
SNC-Lavalin Inc
United States
Panelist
Wayne King
Regional Engineer, Atlanta Regional Office, Division of Dam Safety and Inspections
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 202AB
How do marine energy device developers progress to in-water testing and overcome difficulties to gain results? In this session, panelists will share case studies that enumerate the progression from concept to in-water testing and how they mitigated difficulties to attain usable results en route to (read more...)
Moderator
Ben Maurer
Senior Engineer in the Ocean Engineering Department
University of Washington
United States
Panelist
Alex DeVisser
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering Service
United States
Panelist
David Browning
VP
Altman Browning and Co.
United States
Panelist
Patrick Cross, PhD
Program Manager - Ocean Energy
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
United States
Panelist
Rick Williams
Founder and Principal
Oregon Applied Research LLC
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 210AB
Format: Panel
Large conventional and pumped storage hydro plants have played a “transformational” role in the regions where they have been developed. Once considered disruptive to communities and ecosystems, large hydro schemes are acknowledged to help eliminate poverty and provide large non-fossil-fuel-dependent, reliable energy sources with minimal carbon emissions. Accordingly, large hydro (read more...)
Moderator
Travis Smith
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hydro & Power Delivery
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Canada
Panelist
David Surla
Commercial Engineer
Electricite de France
France
Panelist
Debbie Mursch
Senior Sales Leader
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States
Panelist
Sam Mottram
Managing Principal - Power Services
Knight Piesold Ltd.
Canada
Panelist
Satish Kumar Sharma
CTO-HCC E&C
Hindustan Construction Company Ltd
India

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 203A
Format: Panel
Hydro operators must be good stewards of public waterways and pristine locations. Increased public and regulatory expectations to eliminate oil releases of any quantity have resulted in changes to operations and maintenance practices. This panel will share methods to contain oil, best work practices, equipment conversion to reduce oil volumes, (read more...)
Moderator
Michael Brissie, P.E.
General Manager, Hydro East - Regulated Reneables, Fossil Hydro Operations
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Catherine Campbell
Mechanical Engineer
U.S, Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Greg Auger, P.Eng.
Business Development Manager
Thordon Bearings Inc.
Canada
Panelist
Joshua Sills
Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Sponsored by:

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207C
Today, large corporate buyers are positioning themselves in clean energy markets. How does hydro fit in? This session will focus on how project owners attract these new buyers: the Googles, Microsofts and Walmarts of the world. Also, the session will share what corporate buyers value for data centers, sustainability, customer (read more...)
Moderator
Tim Oakes
Vice President
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Panelist
Dayton Sherrouse
Executive Director
Augusta Canal Authority
United States
Panelist
Jason Spreyer
Senior Vice President - Business Development
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
United States
Panelist
Jose Zayas
Vice President, Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Panelist
Matthew Swindle
Chairman, CEO, and Founder
NLine Energy, Inc.
United States
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3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: 203B
Format: Panel
Hear our international panel of experts explain how they have addressed strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) in executing their organizational objectives. Learn about tried-and-true tools and strategies used in long-term planning, risk analysis, condition assessment, integrating environmental considerations, and prioritizing with limited budgets and resources. Audience members will be (read more...)
Moderator
Steven Miles, P.E., PMP
Director, Hydroelectric Design Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Chris Utracki
Section Manager
Ontario Power Generation
Canada
Panelist
Conrad St. Pierre, PE
Director of Hydro North America, Operations and Maintenance
Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Graeme Hill
Infrastructure Asset Manager
Mercury NZ Limited
New Zealand
Panelist
Joël Pedneault-Desroches
Electrical Engineer
Hydro Quebec
United States
Panelist
PATRICK JUDGE
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
HYDRO-QUEBEC
Panelist
Tatjana Rmus
Director, Power Generation Asset Management
Pacific Gas & Electric
United States
Sponsored by:

3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: 207A
Format: Panel
The audience is the panel.  Bring your stories and we’ll bring the beer. Experts from across the engineering and construction Industries will be in attendance to share a drink and provide insight on projects from concept to commissioning. What ails your project? We will cover such issues as allocating risk, blown (read more...)
Panelist
Mark Binsfeld
Vice President of Business Development
J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Ryan Berg
Regional Manager
Hatch
United States
Panelist
Scott Dodds
Vice President of Operations
ASI Construction LLC
United States
Panelist
Tor Hansen
Vice President
Barr Engineering Co.
United States

3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: 202AB
Several marine energy developers now have devices in the water that have moved beyond initial testing and are producing electricity for commercial use. This session will feature these successful developers discussing their projects and what is (read more...)
Moderator
Jason Busch
Executive Director
Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET)
United States
Panelist
Ben Maurer
Assoc. Director
Pacific Marine Energy Center
United States
Panelist
David Browning
VP
Altman Browning and Co.
United States
Panelist
Jonathan Colby
Director of Technology Performance
Verdant Power Inc.
United States

3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: 210AB
Participants will benefit from hearing first hand from U.S. Embassy personnel regarding the hydropower market from each of their countries. Each Commercial Specialist will articulate the hydropower sector and provide insight to permitting and various opportunities. Each presenter will be escorting a buying delegation from each of their respective countries. Take (read more...)
Moderator
Glen Roberts
Director, Global Markets Central California
U.S. Department of Commerce|International Trade Administration
United States
Panelist
David Riposo
Finance Manager
U.S. Trade Development Agency
United States
Panelist
Muhammad Ansarullah Shahbaz
Business Development Director
Gugera Hydropower Company
Pakistan
Panelist
Ngozi Benedicta Nkwoh
Senior Commercial Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce (Global Markets, Nigeria)
Nigeria
Panelist
Tashi Pen
Executive Engineer
Department of Hydropower and Electric Services
United States

3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: 203A
Turbines and generators periodically require major rehabilitation efforts to solve difficult reliability problems. Sometimes the unexpected occurs at the worst possible time. Expert panelists in this session will provide examples of unexpected occurrences they have dealt with and keys to avoiding similar issues in the future. The session will encourage (read more...)
Moderator
Bill Moore, PE
Technical Executive, Electrical Generators
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Panelist
Fred Dawson
Director of Technical Services and Engineering
National Electric Coil
United States
Panelist
Greg McDonald
Senior Project Engineer
Black and Veatch
United States
Panelist
Lucas Kunz
Generator Engineering Manager
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Steve Gund
President
The Gund Company
United States
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3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: 207C
We all know that hydropower helps keep the electric grid stable and secure. But how do we know which of hydro's many attributes matter most and how much they are really worth? Come to this session to hear a range of perspectives on how hydropower contributes to the resiliency of (read more...)
Moderator
Alejandro Moreno
Director, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Ben Kujala
Director, Power Division
Northwest Power and Conservation Council
United States
Panelist
Greg Stark
Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Herbie Johnson
Hydro General Manager
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
John Simonelli
Director, Operations Support Services
ISO New England
United States
Panelist
Pierre Marx
Executive Leader - North America, Hydro
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
Canada
Panelist
Rebecca O'Neil
Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States

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