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1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Ballroom AB
Speaker
Arshad Mansoor
Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Speaker
Brigadier General Diana Holland
South Atlantic Division Commander
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Regis Repko
Senior Vice President and Chief Fossil-Hydro Officer
Duke Energy
United States

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:
Handout(s)

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
Director, Hydro Licensing and Water Management
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
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

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207D
Format: Paper
Rehabilitating hydropower assets to meet new operational requirements is a significant issue. In this session, a variety of case study projects provide attendees with details of some of the latest developments and techniques in dealing with rehabilitation or redevelopment of existing hydro (read more...)
Session Chair
Tim Ramsey
Vice President
Mesa Associates, Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
James Law
Regional Manager, Water Power
Hatch Ltd.
Canada
Speaker
Todd Briggeman
Project Manager
Hydroelectric Power Group
Hydroelectric Power Group
Black & Veatch Water
Kansas City, Missouri
United States
Co-Author
David Stelzer
Electrical Engineer
Black & Veatch
United States
Co-Author
Doug Eberlein
Project Manager
We Energies
United States
Speaker
Rachael Bisnett
Professional Geotechnical Engineer
Stantec
United States
Co-Author
Darren Milanowicz
Lead Structural Engineer
Stantec
United States
Co-Author
Thomas Andrews
Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Stantec
United States
Speaker
Matt Pevarnik
Senior Sales Leader
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States
Speaker
Scott Bennett
Mechanical Engineer Chief Joseph Dam
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Timothy Brown, PhD
Senior Communication Manager
GE Renewable Energy
United States
Co-Author
Zachary Zimchek
Deputy Operations Project Manager Chief, Compliance Section Chief
US Army Corp of Engineers
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 208A

This session will discuss trends and technology related to turbine design and operation for large and small equipment. The specific presentations will deal with flexible operation, the impacts of grid regulation, adding new hydro at non-powered dams, and new (read more...)

Session Chair
Damir Dolenc
Director of Design & Development
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Session Co-Chair
Eric Girardin, PE
Engineer
HDR
United States
Handout(s)
Presentations:
Speaker
Megan Nesbitt
Senior Technical Leader-Hydropower
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Co-Author
Patrick March
Principal Consultant
Hydro Performance Processes Inc.
United States
Speaker
Christopher Lang
Business Development Manager - Western US
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Seth Smith
Mechanical Engineer
Voith Hydro, Inc.
United States
Speaker
Josef Zouhar
Research Engineer
CKD Blansko Engineering, a.s.
Czech Republic
Co-Author
Ales Skotak, PhD
Director of Research and Development Department
Litostroj Power
Czech Republic
Co-Author
Jiri Obrovsky, Dipl. Ing.
CFD Specialist
CKD Blansko Engineering, a.s.
Czech Republic

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 208B

The electric transmission grid is increasingly strained by volatile generation resources (wind and solar) and aging generation and distribution infrastructure. Presenters will cover how new and upgraded hydropower and control technologies provide unique opportunities to support the energy markets of the (read more...)

Session Chair
Rajesh Dham
Technology Manager
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Session Co-Chair
Paul Bernhardt
Principle Engineer
Bergmann Associates
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Mark Smith
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Reivax North America Inc.
Canada
Speaker
Jessica McGinley
Media and Events Manager
American Governor Company
United States
Co-Author
Scott Ginesin
Vice President Business Development and Operations
American Governor Company
United States
Speaker
Jason Foust
Hydraulic Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Brandon Vigil
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Li Chen
Manager, Structural Analysis
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Luciano Lima
Director of Engineering, Systems and Products
Voith Digital Solutions
United States
Speaker
Mark Parrish
Senior Mathematician
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Co-Author
Dan Patla
Mechanical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Hampus Suomela
Area Sales Manager – Control Room Solutions
ABB AB
Sweden
Co-Author
Fiona Campbell
Business Development, North America
CGM, A Member of the ABB Group of Companies
Canada

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

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207D
Format: Paper

In recent years, demand for innovative methods in management and operations have gained increased interest worldwide. As more renewable energy sources are connected to the grid and new environmental requirements arise, hydropower will help balance the subsequent variable generation. Upgrading and modernizing hydropower assets to meet these new operations is (read more...)

Session Chair
Tihomir (Tim) Maricic, P. E.
Senior Engineer Specialist
Ontario Power Generation
Canada
Session Co-Chair
Phil Hoover
President
H & M Engineering Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
John Wilkes
President
Carpi USA, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Andrew Yu, P.E.
Senior Civil Project Engineer
Pacific Gas & Electric
United States
Co-Author
Eric Schlosser, P.E.
Project Engineer
Carpi USA, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Rex Avila
Project Manager
Pacific Gas & Electric
United States
Co-Author
Robert McManus, P.E., G.E.
Senior Consulting Geotechnical Engineer
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
United States
Speaker
Caroline Marchand
Director Hydraulic Engineering
Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
Canada
Co-Author
Andre Beausejour
Proposal Manager
Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
Canada
Co-Author
Philippe Seguin
Senior Hydraulic Engineerg
Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Pierre-Luc Boulanger
Systems Engineer
Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
Canada
Speaker
David Gatto
Business Development Manager
Ames Construction, Inc.
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 208A

The case studies presented in this session vary in subject matter but focus on equipment issues. Technical papers will provide case studies and lessons learned related to turbine design, unit installation, and changes to equipment operation to improve performance. (read more...)

Session Chair
James Volk, P.E., PMP
Vice President of Engineering
Segrity LLC
United States
Session Co-Chair
Mark Smith
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Reivax North America Inc.
Canada
Presentations:
Speaker
Fangbiao Lin
Vice President, Global Practice Leader for Environmental Hydrauilcs
Stantec
United States
Speaker
Eric Russell
Senior Mechanical Engineer
American Hydro Corporation
United States
Co-Author
Joe Druck
Chief Design Engineer
American Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Sean Perkins
Hydraulic Engineer
American Hydro Corporation
United States
Speaker
Yusheng Luo
Scientist
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Eduard Muljadi
James J. Danaher Distinguished Professor
Auburn University
United States
Co-Author
Manish Mohanpurkar
Group Lead, Power and Energy Systems
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Rob Hovsapian
Scientist and Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vahan Gevorgian
Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vladimir Koritarov
Water Power Program Manager
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Daniel Nail
Engineer
Southern Company
United States
Co-Author
Mike Throne
Engineer
American Governor Company
United States
Speaker
Matjaž Kovačič
Chief Design Enginner
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Co-Author
Andrej Trošt
Project Manager
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Co-Author
Damir Dolenc
Director of Design & Development
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Co-Author
Janez Gale
Head of Offering Department
Litostroj Power
Slovenia
Co-Author
Simon Krotec
Chief Project Engineer
Litostroj Power
Slovenia

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 208B

This session will cover hydro development opportunities, trends and barriers worldwide. Technical paper presenters will explore the size and direction of the new development markets in the U.S. and around the world, ranging from small to large (read more...)

Session Chair
Eric Thompson
Vice President Sales/Marketing
Natel Energy Inc.
United States
Session Co-Chair
Megan Nesbitt
Senior Technical Leader-Hydropower
Electric Power Research Institute
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Matthew Swindle
Chairman, CEO, and Founder
NLine Energy, Inc.
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

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

Managing hydropower assets reliably with optimal performance is a key challenge for hydro asset owners and operators. This session will examine some of the best practices and tools in managing hydropower assets in the areas of upgrade, optimization and overall (read more...)

Session Chair
Boualem Hadjerioua
Lead Water Power Energy
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
United States
Session Co-Chair
Tim Ramsey
Vice President
Mesa Associates, Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
James Volk, P.E., PMP
Vice President of Engineering
Segrity LLC
United States
Co-Author
Troy Bottomfield
Owner/Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical & Hydraulic Solutions
United States
Speaker
Jess Yenter
Project Leader
Eaton
United States
Co-Author
Kevin Quirion
Project Engineer and Manager
Eaton
United States
Speaker
David Schwall
Senior Engineer
Avista Corporation
United States
Co-Author
Jeff VanSickel
Senior Electrical Engineer
POWER Engineers, Inc.
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 208A
With the increased reliance on hydropower supporting the world’s power supply, the stability and security of the grid system becomes an area of greater and greater importance. NERC and its partner organizations direct those inputs and technology to maintain that stability. In this session you will hear from industry leaders (read more...)
Session Chair
Lisa Myles
Assistant General Manager
L&S Electric, Inc
United States
Session Co-Chair
Nick Smith
Sales Manager/Project Manager
American Babbitt Bearing
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Scott Ginesin
Vice President Business Development and Operations
American Governor Company
United States
Speaker
Steve Wenke, PE
Senior Manager Generation Strategy and Planning
Avista Utilities
United States
Speaker
Kristopher Schehr
Founder / Chief Scientist
Rearden Logic, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
James Volk, P.E., PMP
Vice President of Engineering
Segrity LLC
United States
Speaker
Brandon Bouwman
Senior Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Matt Roberts
Engineering & Operations Manager
American Governor
United States
Co-Author
Christoph Schiller
Associate Project Engineer
Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
United States
Co-Author
Dmitry Kosterev
Technical Leader, System Dynamics Study Work
Bonneville Power Administration
United States
Co-Author
John Undrill
Consultant
Arizona State University
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: 208B
This session covers evolving market trends for energy storage and hydropower. It includes presentations on the technical applications of pumped storage, as well as market opportunities and related (read more...)
Session Chair
Bruno Kaelin
Sales and Tendering Director, US Hydro
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States
Session Co-Chair
Tommy McEntyre
Program Manager
Mesa Associates Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Quentin Alloin
Lead Engineer - Performance Engineering
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France
Co-Author
Alexandre Duparchy
Senior Engineering Manager, Testing
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France
Co-Author
Jean-Marc Verzeroli
Technical Leader, Mechanical Components
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France
Co-Author
Pierre-Yves Lowys
Senior Consulting Engineer
GE Renewable Energy - Hydro Solutions
France
Co-Author
Renaud Guillaume
Hydro Storage Program Manager
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
France
Speaker
Klaus Krueger, PhD
Manager Product & Plant Safety and Innovation
Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Co-Author
Albert Moser, PhD
Chair Professor of Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics
RWTH Aachen University
Germany
Co-Author
Niklas van Bracht
Research Group Market & System Analyses
RWTH Aachen University
Germany
Co-Author
Pierre Mann
M.Sc., Research Group Market & System Analyses
Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics (IAEW) at RWTH Aachen University
Germany
Speaker
Thomas Hildinger
Vice President
Voith Hydro Engineering Center
Brazil
Co-Author
Alexandre Kunz
Mechanical Engineer
Voith Hydro
Germany
Co-Author
Holger Henning
Product Owner Generator
Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Co-Author
Ludger Koedding
Senior Design Engineer
Voith Hydro Holding
Germany
Co-Author
Philipp Eilebrecht
Voith Fuji Hydro
Japan
Speaker
Mark Christian
Postdoctoral Appointee
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Greg Stark
Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Jacob Reeser
Research Aide
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Thomas Veselka
Computational Engineer-Energy Systems
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vladimir Koritarov
Water Power Program Manager
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Speaker
Mark Christian
Postdoctoral Appointee
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Jacob Reeser
Research Aide
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Thomas Veselka
Computational Engineer-Energy Systems
Argonne National Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Vladimir Koritarov
Water Power Program Manager
Argonne National Laboratory
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

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 207D

Learn how companies all across the hydropower landscape are working to attract a new and more diverse workforce and help employees adapt to and embrace changing (read more...)

Session Chair
Michael Pedersen
Manager, Generation and Operations
Kaukauna Utilities
United States
Session Co-Chair
Steve Wenke, PE
Senior Manager Generation Strategy and Planning
Avista Utilities
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Giovanna Tomiotto
Controls Engineer
American Governor Company
United States
Speaker
Tom Maczuzak
Business Development Manager, Operator Effectiveness
ABB Inc.
United States
Speaker
Barry Quart
Vice President, Marketing
Copperleaf
Canada
Co-Author
Boudewijn Neijens
Chief Marketing Officer
Copperleaf
Canada
Speaker
David McCreary
President
New Age Aerial
United States
Co-Author
Peter Wade
Hydro Electric Manager
Merced Irrigation District
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 208A

The bar has moved on generator life as generators experience higher degrees of mechanical and electrical stresses during operation. These technical paper presenters look at a number of impacts affecting generator units, from insulation issues to mechanical performance.



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Session Chair
Jane Hutt
Webmaster
International Generator Technical Community
United States
Session Co-Chair
Fred Wiesinger
Manager, Technical Support Services
Kingsbury Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Barvir Sanosian
Electrical Engineer In Training
Stantec Consulting Services
United States
Co-Author
Willian Akaishi
Principal Hydro Electrical Engineer
Stantec
United States
Speaker
Alexander Schwery, PhD
Chief Engineer, Electrical, Hydro
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
Switzerland
Co-Author
Edson Alves
Specialist Engineer - Service Engineering
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Michel Spiridon
Generator R&D Manager
Alstom Hydro Brazil
Brazil
Co-Author
Ricardo Carvalhal
Lead Mechanical Engineer
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
Brazil
Co-Author
Thomas Lugand
Senior Engineer
GE Renewable Energy Hydro
Switzerland

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: 208B
This session will look at recent innovations in penstock inspection replacement and modeling. From 80-year-old woodstave penstocks to carbon fiber and hydraulic modeling, you won’t want to miss the information offered by these presenters. (read more...)
Session Chair
Paul Blaszczyk
Vice President
Stantec
United States
Session Co-Chair
Dan Gessler, PhD, PE, DWRE
Vice President
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Grace Cowell
Mechanical EIT
Black & Veatch
United States
Speaker
Ashraful Islam, Ph.D., P.E.
Principal Hydraulic Engineer
Alden Research Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Alexander Cosentino, P.E., BCEE, CP.E., BCEE, CCMCM
Construction Manager
The Metropolitan District
United States
Co-Author
Hanif Chaudhry, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor
University of South Carolina
United States
Co-Author
Mizan Rashid, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE
Director, Hydraulic Modeling & Engineering Services
Alden Research Laboratory Inc.
United States
Speaker
Scott Jones
Senior Engineering Manager
AECOM
United States
Co-Author
Henrik Forsling
Civil/Structural Engineer
AECOM
United States
Co-Author
Robert Lankford
Structural Engineer
AECOM
United States
Co-Author
Roger Raeburn
Chief Dam Safety Engineer
PacifiCorp Energy
United States
Co-Author
William Christman
Chief Engineer, Dam Safety and Natural Resources
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States

8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: Conference Lobby
Format: Poster
Final day of the Gallery! On this last day of the event, the authors will be standing by their posters waiting to provide additional information or answer your questions from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., all posters will be available to view until (read more...)
Presentations:
Poster Presenter
Kevin Cooley, P.E.
Vice President Hydro Engineering
Kleinschmidt Associates
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
Handout(s)

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 207D

Adapting dam operations to mitigate impacts to the environment is the focus of this session. Learn about cold water and pulsed flow releases, aerating runner technology, multi-objective decision analysis for dam management, emergency management during a crisis, and (read more...)

Session Chair
Kishore Billapati, PE
Senior Manager, Generation Asset Management
Southern California Edison
United States
Session Co-Chair
Antonio Fonseca dos Santos
Senior Director
Kelowna Consult
Brazil
Presentations:
Speaker
Marcela Politano
Research Engineer
The University of Iowa
United States
Co-Author
Ryan Laughery
Hydraulic Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Thushara De Silva
Research Assistant, PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
United States
Co-Author
George Hornberger
Professor
Vanderbilt University
United States
Co-Author
Hiba Baroud
Professor
Vanderbilt University
United States
Speaker
Ludimila Lima Da Silva
Deputy Superintendent
Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency - ANEEL
Brazil
Co-Author
Helvio Guerra
Superintendent
Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL)
Brazil
Speaker
Jason Foust
Hydraulic Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Brian Luffman
Senior Engineer – Hydro Generation
Duke Energy
United States
Co-Author
Robert Erney
Hydraulic Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 208A
Format: Paper
Learn from the experiences of others when dealing with the modernization of hydro plant controls. Come join us to hear some valuable lessons learned from the (read more...)
Session Chair
Scott Ginesin
Vice President Business Development and Operations
American Governor Company
United States
Session Co-Chair
Rob Hovsapian
Scientist and Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Erin Clement, PE
Automation Engineer
Tacoma Power
United States
Speaker
Greg Kenyon, PE
Automation Engineering Supervisor
Tacoma Power
United States
Co-Author
Frances Brinkman, PE
Sr. Engineering Manager
Black & Veatch
United States
Co-Author
Frank Postlewaite, PE
Senior Civil Engineer
R2 Resources
United States
Co-Author
Matt Bleich, P.E.
Senior Environmental Engineer
Tacoma Power
United States
Co-Author
Ozan Ferrin, PE
Power Division Supervisor
Tacoma Power
United States
Speaker
Matt Roberts
Engineering & Operations Manager
American Governor
United States
Co-Author
Christoph Schiller
Associate Project Engineer
Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
United States
Speaker
Andrew Ware
Senior Hydraulic Engineer
American Hydro Corporation
United States
Co-Author
Eric Quinley
General Manager, Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District
Friant Power Authority
United States
Co-Author
Gregory Reichert
Senior Project Manager
AECOM
United States
Co-Author
Peter Smith, PE
Water Infrastructure Group Manager
AECOM
United States
Speaker
Rodney Hendrickson
Electrical Engineer
Hydroelectric Design Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Speaker
Austin Roskamp
Product Applications Section Chief
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Center
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: 208B

This session will provide case studies from North America and around the world that examine methods for increasing spillway capacity, evaluating the performance of high-head gates and developing innovative approaches to managing reservoir (read more...)

Session Chair
Andre Zimmermann, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Associate
Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Canada
Session Chair
Brian Hughes
Principal
Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Canada
Session Co-Chair
Troy Lyons, P.E.
IIHR Director of Engineering Services
University of Iowa
United States
Presentations: