NHA 2015 Calendar Dates
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Conference Overview

The National Hydropower Association Annual Conference has painstakingly developed a well-rounded conference program - designed to discuss, prepare and forsee the future of hydropower throughout the nation. Click to download a pdf of the Pre-Conference Brochure or the Event At-A-Glance.

Conference Schedule:

Monday, April 22, 2013

    8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. NHA Member Committee Meetings
   
    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. It’s Your NHA! How Your Association Is Working for You
   
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Session 1: Monday Afternoon Opening Plenary Session: Hydro: America’s Economic Engine – For Growth and Innovation
   
    2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3
            Session 2A: Hydro Legislative Outlook – 2013 and Beyond
            Session 2B: Shoreline Management: Balancing a Myriad of Expectations
            Session 2C: Hydro Professionals: Preparing the Next Generation
   
    4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3
            Session 3A: Licensing New Development: Creative Solutions toward a Better Process
            Session 3B: Innovative Environmental Performance
            Session 3C: Ensuring Peak Hydro Facility Performance and Reliability: How NHA’s Operational Excellence Initiative Can Help

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Session 4: Plenary Session: Integrating Intermittent Renewables: A Look into the Future

    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3
            Session 5A: Building Private Hydro at Federal Facilities: Tackling the Big Issues
            Session 5B: Valuing Hydro in Today’s Energy Markets
            Session 5C: Growing Hydropower through Innovation

    12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Session 6: President’s Luncheon

    2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3
            Session 7A: FERC Relicensing: Past, Present and Future
            Session 7B: Making the Business Case for Pumped Storage
            Session 7C: New Dam Safety Initiatives and Priorities: An Update

    3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3
            Session 8A: Fulfilling the Contract – Today’s Topics in Hydro Compliance
            Session 8B: Unlocking Project Financing: The Keys to Success
            Session 8C: O&M Hot Topics: Experiences, Solutions, and Best Practices

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Hydraulic Power Committee Meeting and Presentations

    8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. NHA Member Pumped Storage Development Council Meeting
        Session 9: Hot Topics in the Hydro Legal Arena

    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. NHA Member Small Hydro Council Meeting
        Session 10: Jeopardy! FERC Style

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        Session 11: Closing General Session: Giving a Voice to the ‘Silent’ Renewable: A Time for Action!               

Monday, April 22, 2013 - Conference Detail

Note: The Monday morning committee and membership meetings are open to all employees of NHA Member organizations and industry professionals with an interest in membership in NHA. To find out if your company is an NHA member, contact Diane Lear, Membership and Marketing Coordinator, at (202) 682-1700, ext. 16 or diane@hydro.org.

8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. NHA Member Committee Meetings

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
• Legislative Affairs
• Ocean, Tidal, and New Technologies Council
• Research and Development

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
• Regulatory Affairs
• Public Affairs
• Hydro Research Foundation Board

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10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. It’s Your NHA! How Your Association Is Working for You

The National Hydropower Association - 180 members strong and growing - is keenly aware of and responsive to its member organizations. You will discover what your association’s policy work means to your company’s future. You will get a preview of issues on the horizon and how your Association plans to tackle them.

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1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Session 1: Monday Afternoon Opening Plenary Session:
Hydro: America’s Economic Engine – For Growth and Innovation

Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Linda Church Ciocci, NHA Executive Director

President’s Address
- David Moller, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and NHA President

Keynote Address:
Hydro: America’s Economic Engine – For Growth and Innovation

Today’s low natural gas prices, higher compliance costs for coal-fired plants, and expiring tax incentives for renewables begs the questions:
• Where does hydro fit?
• What does the future look like for the technology?

The NHA conference opens with a dynamic slate of speakers to provide you great perspective and insight about overall energy market trends and what they mean for hydro.

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2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3

Session 2A: Hydro Legislative Outlook – 2013 and Beyond
With the 2012 elections complete, Washington is back to the business of making policy. What is the legislative outlook for the next 18 months? How is hydro currently perceived inside the beltway? Learn which policymakers in the new Congress are pushing the hydro agenda and how the Administration is supporting hydropower.
Session Leader: Jeffrey A. Leahey, Esq., Director of Government Affairs, National Hydropower Association

Session 2B: Shoreline Management: Balancing a Myriad of Expectations
Supervising shorelines around hydro project reservoirs involves complying with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulations and responding to local communities and stakeholders. By forming good relationships with local landowners and residents, you can proactively manage community expectations, while insuring project security and operating license requirements.
Session Leader: Frank Simms, Manager, Hydro Operations, American Electric Power

Session 2C: Hydro Professionals: Preparing the Next Generation
As the hydro professionals we’ve come to know and love reach the end of their careers, rising talent will be needed to maintain hydro’s place as the nation’s No. 1 renewable. Hear what the industry is doing to ensure a strong knowledge base and that dedicated young professionals are ready to serve as hydropower’s next generation.
Session Leader: Pat McCarty, Generation Manager, Tacoma Power

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4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3

Session 3A: Licensing New Development: Creative Solutions toward a Better Process
Making the hydro licensing process better fit into the reality of today’s energy marketplace is certainly not a new topic. Thousands of individuals have devoted extensive time and energy into developing proposed legislation, participating in task forces, and discussing ways to reduce costs and delay while ensuring environmental protection. This solution-oriented session will report on progress on improving the process, share ideas and solutions, and offer a path forward for the future.
Session Leader: Mark Stover, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Hydro Green Energy, LLC

Session 3B: Innovative Environmental Performance
Around the country hydro operators are deploying innovative solutions and meeting environmental goals. Attend this session to find specific ways hydro project owners are improving environmental performance. You’ll walk away with innovative, cost-effective approaches you can put to work at your own projects.
Session Leader: Tim Brush, Senior Principal Scientist and Vice President, Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Session 3C: Ensuring Peak Hydro Facility Performance and Reliability:
How NHA’s Operational Excellence Initiative Can Help
The average age of a dam and the associated hydroelectric facility in North America is 54 years old. Employee, public and dam safety is a major focus for facility owners, and as equipment wears and maintenance schedules increase and components are replaced or refurbished, operational reliability is also becoming an increasing concern for many hydropower owners and operators. In response, NHA’s Operational Excellence Task Force developed an Event Reporting system where industry members can share operations, maintenance and environmental (OM&E) issues and concerns, and their solutions, to ensure the hydro industry continues operating in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. This session will provide an update on NHA’s Operational Excellence program, discuss opportunities for involvement, and offer an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.
Session Leader: David Zayas, Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Technical Services, National Hydropower Association

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - Conference Detail

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Session 4: Plenary Session: Integrating Intermittent Renewables: A Look into the Future

What will the electricity grid look like in ten or 20 years? How will an increase in electricity demand and an increase in use of intermittent resources affect reliability? What does this mean for hydro? Start your morning with this exciting roundtable discussion. Hear from representatives of the independent system operators (ISOs) and power marketing agencies (PMAs) as they share their perspectives on future grid-related challenges, infrastructure needs, reliability, storage requirements, ancillary services, and forecasting. Hear experts’ insight on how hydropower can meet these challenges.
Session Leader: David Moller, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and NHA President

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11:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3



Session 5A: Building Private Hydro at Federal Facilities: Tackling the Big Issues
See how some are making improvements in the process of constructing new hydropower at existing federal infrastructure. This session will discuss process improvements underway and suggested new funding mechanisms for projects at existing federal hydro facilities and non-powered dams.
Session Leader: Kirby Gilbert, Business Development Manager, MWH Americas, Inc.

Session 5B: Valuing Hydro in Today’s Energy Markets
Every commodity needs a market to sell into. It’s no different with hydro. Yet, hydro offers much more than simply kilowatt-hours. The road to establishing markets for hydro’s multi-faceted services – ancillary services, energy storage, etc. – is often anything but straight! Roll up your sleeves in this session as you learn about the types of markets currently available and under development. Discuss the existing barriers for valuing services that hydro projects – existing or new – provide to the energy marketplace, and ways these barriers can be overcome.
Session Leader: Richard Miller, Senior Vice President, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Session 5C: Growing Hydropower through Innovation
Explore the cutting-edge technological advancements that make hydropower the energy solution of the future. Where is the potential growth of hydropower located? What can we do to value pumped storage? How can the current fleet operate more efficiently?
Session Leader: Greg Allen, Director, Environmental and Engineering Services, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.

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12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Session 6: President’s Luncheon

The official conference luncheon includes remarks from NHA President, presentation of the Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters awards, presentation of the Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship winner, and the unveiling of the Henwood Award winner, the industry’s highest individual honor. This is a not-to-be-missed event.
Presiding: David Moller, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and NHA President

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2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3

Session 7A: FERC Relicensing: Past, Present and Future
This first of a two-part session combination (Session 7B and Session 8A) opens with a comprehensive presentation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – what’s in the relicensing pipeline over the next ten years? What are FERC staff’s perspectives on relicensing? Next, industry members share their experiences with relicensing -- what worked? What are the biggest challenges? Are the issues of today the same or different than those of 5-10-15 years ago?
Session Leader: Steve Padula, Licensing and Regulatory Practice Lead, McMillen LLC

Session 7B
: Making the Business Case for Pumped Storage
Without question, the potential exists for development of thousands of megawatts of U.S. pumped storage. In recent years, the industry has seen increased interest in potential sites; however, that potential is yet to be fully realized. Join this session to discuss and debate how to build the business case for pumped storage – what are the gaps in the market? What are the finance-related concerns? How can these be overcome?
Session Leader: Kelly Tilford, Senior Project Manager, Mead & Hunt, Inc.

Session 7C: New Dam Safety Initiatives and Priorities: An Update
In May 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission required owners of high- and significant-hazard dams to submit Owners Dam Safety Program safety reports for their structures. Learn how hydro project owners are responding to this new initiative. Also, get an update on important dam safety-related issues and concerns that are top-of-mind for hydro project owners… including finding funding for repairs, compliance with regulatory requirements, and risk mitigation.
Session Leader: Richard Mickwee, Dam Safety Engineer, Southern Company

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3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3

Session 8A: Fulfilling the Contract – Today’s Topics in Hydro Compliance
This second of a two-part session combination (Session 7A and Session 8B) focuses on examining license implementation. With life spans measured in decades, compliance issues can and do change over time. What are the challenges of today? What are the trends in the industry for the future? Experts exchange ideas and experiences in this interactive session.
Session Leader: Rita Hayen, Senior Consultant, TRC

Session 8B: Unlocking Project Financing: The Keys to Success
Finding financing for new hydro development is a universal challenge! Hear the real-life stories of projects whose owners were successful in finding financing. Learn how they succeeded, and gain useful insight into expectations of the financial community and keys to attracting investment.
Session Leader: Nancy Skancke, Owner, NJS Law PLC

Session 8C: O&M Hot Topics: Experiences, Solutions, and Best Practices
Plant managers and operators share their best practices for achieving day-to-day operational excellence. Join this informal roundtable to share how you are improving efficiency at your generating facilities.
Session Leader: Scott Klabunde, Manager, Midwest Plant Operations, North American Hydro

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - Conference Detail

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Hydraulic Power Committee Meeting and Presentations

The leadership of NHA’s Hydraulic Power Committee and staff from FERC’s Division of Dam Safety and Inspections discuss current initiatives and issues licensees face. In addition, the O&M, Dam Safety and Worker Safety subcommittees provide updates on key activities. This is a not-to-be-missed session for operations and dam safety and security staff.
NOTE: This session is open to all conference attendees.

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8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. NHA Member Pumped Storage Development Council Meeting

This meeting is open to all employees of NHA Member organizations and industry professionals with an interest in membership in NHA. To find out if your company is an NHA member, contact Diane Lear, Membership and Marketing Coordinator, at (202) 682-1700, ext. 16 or diane@hydro.org.

Session 9: Hot Topics in the Hydro Legal Arena
Experts discuss key legal issues and precedent-setting cases that are shaping the hydropower industry today. Gain insider perspectives on how these issues and outcomes may affect your organization.
Session Leader: James Hancock, Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP

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9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. NHA Member Small Hydro Council Meeting

This meeting is open to all employees of NHA Member organizations and industry professionals with an interest in membership in NHA. To find out if your company is an NHA member, contact Diane Lear, Membership and Marketing Coordinator, at (202) 682-1700, ext. 16 or diane@hydro.org.

Session 10: Jeopardy! FERC Style
Back by popular demand! This session has become an annual tradition at NHA’s conference. Using the interactive format of the famous game show Jeopardy!, this session offers a lively way to become acquainted with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff, and receive informal hints and tips about how best to work with FERC, how to present information in license applications, what’s new in compliance, and much more!
Session Leader: John Ragonese, FERC License Manager, U.S. Northeast Hydro Region, TransCanada

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11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 11
: Closing General Session: Giving a Voice to the ‘Silent’ Renewable: A Time for Action!
Over the past six years, for every one Google search made for hydro, more than 10 were made for wind and solar. While hydropower is enjoying a renaissance, it is still considered the “silent” renewable. Both policy makers and the general public need to better understand the important contribution hydro makes to America’s energy portfolio. Learn how we can move from the “silent” renewable to the “heard” renewable and the actions you can take to increase your company’s impact.
Session Leader: Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director, National Hydropower Association

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