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8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: C124
Several issues and hot topics pose opportunities and risks affecting the U.S. hydropower community. When does it make sense to surrender, decommission or relicense a project? When multiple projects are coming up for relicensing, does it make sense to coordinate licensing work across a river basin? What are current trends (read more...)
Moderator
Hallie Meushaw
Counsel
Troutman Sanders LLP
United States
Panelist
Elizabeth McCormick
Attorney
Troutman Sanders LLP
United States
Panelist
Jenna Borovansky
Environmental/Regulatory Manager
HDR
United States
Panelist
Richard Wallen
Managing Director of Power Products
Grant County PUD
United States
Panelist
Shawn Puzen
Manager FERC Licensing and Compliance
Mead & Hunt
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: C124

Energy policies can have a heavy influence on generating mixes, new technologies, investments, and opportunities for independent participation in the electric system.  Policy authors may be motivated by economic development, environmental stewardship, or ensuring a cost-effective and reliable system.  This panel will explore significant state and regional policy trajectories that (read more...)

Moderator
Rebecca O'Neil
Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
United States
Panelist
Michael Bailey
Senior Staff Engineer
Western Electricity Coordinating Council
United States
Panelist
Nicole Hughes
Executive Director
Renewable Northwest
United States
Panelist
Paul Wieringa
Ministry of Energy and Mines and Petroleum Resources
Province of British Columbia
Canada
Panelist
Val Stori
Project Director
Clean Energy States Alliance
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: C124

Compensating hydropower and pumped storage resources in the power markets is a critical need to ensure the continued viability of existing projects and support the development of new projects. The panel will discuss the regulatory and market policy changes that are occurring across the U.S. and Canada and the impact these policies (read more...)

Moderator
Jeffrey Leahey, Esq
Executive Vice President for Government Affairs
National Hydropower Association
United States
Panelist
Anne-Raphaelle Audouin
President
Canada Hydropower Association
Canada
Panelist
Michael Goggin
Vice President
Grid Strategies
United States
Panelist
Patrick Balducci
Chief Economist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Suzanne Grassell
Governmental Affairs Manager
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: C124
Format: Paper
This session covers diverse content that provides different and novel approaches to some of the challenges faced by hydro owners and operators as they manage their projects in a regulatory environment that is changing to respond to the shifts in energy policy and (read more...)
Session Chair
Michael Pedersen
Manager, Generation and Operations
Kaukauna Utilities
United States
Session Co-Chair
Tim Ramsey
Vice President
Mesa Associates, Inc.
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Greg Stark
Hydropower Technical Lead
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Abe Schneider
President, Chief Technology Officer
Natel Energy, Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Gia Schneider
Chief Executive Officer
Natel Energy
United States
Co-Author
Jin Zhao
Civil Engineer
Natel Energy
United States
Co-Author
Michael Craig
Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
United States
Co-Author
Sterling Watson
Mechanical Engineer
Natel Energy
United States
Speaker
Mark Smith
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Reivax North America Inc.
Canada
Co-Author
Christoph Moeglich
Director of Growth Strategies
Reivax Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Ian Peacock
Advisory Engineer
Eaton Major Projects Group
United States
Co-Author
Mike Wallin
President & CEO
REIVAX North America inc.
Canada
Speaker
Rey Pulido
Lead Lean Facilitator
Grant County PUD
United States
Co-Author
Richard Wallen
Managing Director of Power Products
Grant County PUD
United States
Speaker
Brent Ward
Manager, Business Development, IoT
Voith Digital Ventures
United States
Co-Author
Siddhartha Mishra
Director Projects Platforms & Services
Voith Digital Ventures
Germany

3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: C124
Many U.S. projects are facing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing for the first time, while others like the “Class of ‘93” are back for another round. Join an expert panel of licensees and regulatory compliance specialists with diverse perspectives on applying the available FERC processes for successful relicensing. Learn about (read more...)
Moderator
Kelly Larimer
Senior Consultant
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Panelist
Charles Sensiba
Partner
Troutman Sanders LLP
United States
Panelist
David Turner
Northwest Branch Chief
FERC
United States
Panelist
Matthew Woodhall, California
Senior Regulatory Advisor-Generation
Southern California Edison
United States
Panelist
Tim Culbertson
Executive Director
Columbia Basin Hydropower Project
United States

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