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1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room: Liberty Ballroom L/M/N/O/P

Major trends are emerging and evolving that will significantly affect the energy market. These include: low natural gas prices, retirements of coal and nuclear facilities, the electrification of the transportation sector, flat or shrinking demand for electricity, and the growth of other renewables. In this session, experts from outside of ...read more...


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
Senior Client Manager, Power Delivery
HDR
United States
Panelist
Adam Massey
APC Hydro Project Manager
Alabama Power
United States
Panelist
Ian Borlang
Asset Manager
Brookfield Renewable
United States
Panelist
Willie Whittlesey
Project Manager
Yuba County Water Agency
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
Panelist
Lori Pickford
Principal
The Ferguson Group
United States
Panelist
Matthew Miller
Director, Federal and Political Affairs
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
United States
Panelist
Shelley Fidler, Jr.
Principal, Governmental Affairs, Energy and Environmental Policy
Van Ness Feldman
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...

Session Leader
Rob Gramlich
Founder and President
Grid Strategies LLC
United States

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

9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Room: Liberty Ballroom L/M/N/O/P
Speaker
Richard Glick
Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
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 ...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 Chair
Samuel Bockenhauer
Hydro Technology Manager
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Panelist
Abhishek Somani
Senior Economist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States

12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Room: Independence A-F

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
Senior Energy Regulatory Advisor
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC
United States
Panelist
Anthony Hernandez, P.E.
Principal Manager
Southern California Edison
United States
Panelist
Dana Hall
Attorney
The Law Offices of Dana Hall, LLC
United States
Panelist
John Shue
President and Chief Executive Officer
FirstLight Power Resources
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
Panelist
Doug Butcher
Renewable Energy Consultant
Black & Vearch
United States
Panelist
Jose Zayas
Vice President, Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
United States
Panelist
Kerry McGrath
Partner
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
United States
Panelist
Thomas Kiernan
Chief Executive Officer
American Wind Energy Association
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
Panelist
Clay Koplin
Chief Executive Officer
Cordova Electric Cooperative
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...

Session Leader
Suzanne Grassell
Governmental Affairs Manager
Chelan County Public Utility District
United States

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
Panelist
Cleo Deschamps
Managing Attorney, Office of General Counsel - Energy Projects
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Panelist
James Hancock, Jr.
Partner
Balch & Bingham LLP
United States
Panelist
Kimberly Ognisty
Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP
United States
Panelist
Sharon White
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, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder
NLine Energy, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Adam Witt
Hydropower Systems Research Engineer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States
Panelist
Les Perkins
Business Development Director
Farmers Conservation Alliance
United States
Panelist
Shannon Ames
Executive Director
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
United States

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

How do pumped storage project developers determine design configuration in today’s energy market? How do they demonstrate compliance with current environmental requirements? Project proponents must face these critical questions during the early phases of development.





No proposed new project is designed in today’s regulatory environment solely to maximize revenue. Projects must ...read more...

Session Leader
Michael Manwaring
Water Resources Director and Executive Vice President
McMillen Jacobs Associates
United States
Panelist
Boualem Hadjerioua
Lead Water Power Energy
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
United States
Panelist
Brian Studenka, P.E.
Director, Engineering & Policy
ITC Holdings Corporation
United States
Panelist
Erik Steimle
Vice President
Rye Development
United States
Panelist
Steve Lowe
President
Eagle Crest Energy Company
United States

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

The television game show circuit has nothing on us!



In this fun, fast-paced session, you’ll get up to speed on important facts and information you need to know related to the National Hydropower Association, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, Congress, general waterpower facts, and much ...read more...

Executive Producer
Nancy Skancke
Owner
NJS Law PLC
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Alan Creamer
Project Coordinator, Division of Hydropower Licensing
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Charles Sensiba
Partner
Troutman Sanders LLP
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Linda Church Ciocci
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Hydropower Association
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Tim Welch
Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
United States
Co-Executive Producer and Judge
Willie Whittlesey
Project Manager
Yuba County Water Agency
United States

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