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3:00 PM-4:15 PM
Room: Salon A/B/C

There are many new faces at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with changes at the leadership level and among the staff. This session provides an opportunity for a dialogue between FERC and the industry:

 What are the views on priorities?

 What are the challenges on the horizon?

 What are the ...read more...

Session Leader
Heidi Wahto
Regulatory & Natural Resources Practice Lead
McMillen Jacobs Associates
United States

3:00 PM-4:15 PM
Room: Salon D

This session will focus on how the ISOs/RTOs are responding to grid flexibility and resiliency in integrating renewables. What are some of the proposed market design changes that are being considered in the regional energy markets? Hear from the ISOs/RTOs in different regions about the big issues and policy proposals ...read more...

Session Leader
Scott Hennessey
Vice President, Federal Policy
Brookfield Renewable
United States

3:00 PM-4:15 PM
Room: Liberty Salons I/J/K

Conditions are forcing many electric power asset owners to make tough decisions regarding their hydro projects, such as when to rehabilitate, when to retrofit, when to sell and even when to divest through decommissioning. These decisions can be driven by alterations in water availability, equipment issues as a result of ...read more...

Session Leader
Jim Gill
Sr. Client Manager, Power Delivery
HDR
United States

4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Room: Independence Salon A/B/C

2018 was a year packed with activity on hydropower issues – in Congress, at FERC, and in the agencies. From passage of legislation, to the adoption of new policies at FERC, to regulatory proposals by the agencies, issues impacting the licensing of new projects and the continued operation on existing ...read more...

Session Leader
Jeffrey Leahey, Esq
Deputy Executive Director
National Hydropower Association
United States

4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Room: Independence Salon D

In part two of the regional markets discussion, hear the hydro industry perspective.  This is an opportunity to sit down and continue the discussion about the impact of renewables on public policy and what this means for hydro in the future, including the effect on generation and viability.  This session ...read more...


4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Room: Liberty Salon I/J/K

Once the licensing process is complete, the compliance part of the picture becomes the focus. Learn about how compliance requirements may be changing and how hydro project owners are seeing the value in compliance measures where the monetary benefit cannot be quantified. After all, if you’re shouldering the cost, shouldn’t ...read more...

Session Leader
Mike Hreben
Senior Fisheries Biologist
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Independence Salon A/B/C

Renewable, clean, decarbonization, baseload, electrification. Within the hydropower industry, branding buzzwords are aplenty. In this session, we will examine the ways in which different industry sectors (generators, suppliers and government) are framing hydropower’s message and reaching targeted ...read more...

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

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Independence Salon D
Some of the best licensing results have come out of productive settlement negotiations. This session provides a perspective on stakeholder outreach by the federal resource agencies. It will offer best practices for working with stakeholders and feature points of view from tribes, states, non-governmental organizations and other interested parties. Also ...read more...
Session Leader
Frankie Green
National Hydropower Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
United States
Session Leader
Melanie Harris
Fisheries Habitat Specialist, Habitat Protection Division, Office of Habitat Conservation
NOAA Fisheries
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Liberty Salons I/J/K

Resiliency and reliability are two words commonly heard during any discussion on energy, whether it be the owner of a natural gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar – or hydro – facility. This session will provide a discussion of whether this is even a problem, and if so, what needs to ...read more...

Session Leader
Kyle Davis
Director, U.S. Federal Policy and Canada Regulatory and Institutional Affairs
enel Green Power
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Independence Salon A/B/C

What is the status of energy markets, and how does hydro fit in? New market opportunities are becoming available, such as hydro hybridized with other renewables, the growth of community choice aggregators, and increased interest in micro-grids. How is hydro affected, and what can be done to spur on the ...read more...

Session Leader
John Suloway
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Independence Salon D

The renewable energy sectors associated with the wind and solar industry have experienced tremendous growth over the past several years. This growth has not only been fueled by a favorable policy environment, these industries have also seen considerable innovation. This innovation has led to step reductions in capital and O&M ...read more...

Session Leader
Jay Anders
Vice President, Hydropower and Hydraulic Structures
Black & Veatch
United States

2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Room: Liberty Salons I/J/K

This session provides an update on changes in the licensing process for hydropower projects, including the new regulations and policy changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others. Also discussed will be research recently completed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help guide ...read more...

Session Leader
Steve Boyd
Director of Water Resources and Regulatory Affairs
Turlock Irrigation District
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Independence Salon A/B/C

While a hot topic, particularly in the renewables and natural gas sectors, what is hydro’s place in the discussion? How can hydro play a greater role? This session will feature a lively – and needed -- discussion of the topic and examples of hydro operators who are actively dealing with ...read more...

Session Leader
Alejandro Moreno
Director, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Independence Salon D

NEPA, ESA, how EPA section 316b rules apply to hydro, and federal policy changes are happening at a furious pace. It is hard for hydro project owners to know the potential impacts and implications. Locally, states are also updating water policies and proposing or amending renewable portfolio standards. With any ...read more...

Session Leader
Jay Ryan
Partner
Baker Botts L.L.P.
United States

4:00 PM-5:15 PM

Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin or blockchain. These are hot topics and making headlines and causing ripple effects for hydro. Data miners are looking for low-cost electricity, and hydropower fits that bill. But is this a positive or a negative? Is this a new market or a potential headache resulting in stranded ...read more...


9:30 AM-10:45 AM
Room: Independence Salon A/B/C

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
John Clements
Of Counsel
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
United States

9:30 AM-10:45 AM
Room: Independence Salon D

Corporate and non-profit energy buyers are hungry for clean energy sources such as small hydro projects to add to their portfolios. State policy makers are looking for areas where small hydro could compliment the RPS and clean air goals for the state. ISOs/RTOs seek flexible generation resources that can provide ...read more...

Session Leader
Matthew Swindle
Chairman, CEO, and Founder
NLine Energy, Inc.
United States

9:30 AM-10:45 AM
Room: Liberty Salons I/J/K

No proposed new project is designed in today’s regulatory environment solely to maximize revenue. Projects must demonstrate their ability to meet energy demand, supply grid services, operate within environmental constraints, and do so in an economic manner. This session will highlight how the pumped-storage development community is designing projects to ...read more...

Session Leader
Michael Manwaring
Water Resources Director and Executive Vice President
McMillen Jacobs Associates
United States

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Salon A/B/C

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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...


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