2017 Fall Workshop & Tour
The 2017 Fall Regional Workshop will focus on transformation drivers impacting energy markets, hydro plant operations and licenses. There will be a panel providing multiple perspectives on asset management best practices from management and operations staff. The workshop will also tackle emergency issues related to plant safety and the security of hydro facilities, as well as an update on national issues and legislation.
2017 Fall Workshop Presentations
Below are the presentations given at the 2017 Fall Workshop. Click on the presenters name to download and view the presentation.
September 15th PSE Auditorium, Bellevue
Ryan Blood, Manager, PSE
David Mills, Sr. VP Energy Operations, PSE
PSE’s role in the energy imbalance market (EIM), market evolution and the changing marketplace, hydro’s role in the developing market, investment and executive support for asset management
Charles Sensiba, Partner, Van Ness Feldman
National Hydropower Association update on legislative and legal issues affecting hydropower
Modernizing Operations to Support Evolving Markets
Moderator: Steve St. Clair, Manager, PSE
Charles Black, Independent Consultant, Charles J. Black Energy Economics – CAISO & other power markets
Karen Studarus, Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Labs – Big picture overview of market changes
Paul Weatherbee, Director, Energy Supply, PSE – EIM markets and market strategy
This panel presents the big picture overview of the transformation drivers on energy markets and the industry and drills down to the impact on hydro plant operations and licenses.
Topics include the big picture overview of market changes and the impacts of other renewable technologies on the energy industry. Learn how EIM and the change in the “duck curve” impacts Pacific Northwest markets. What are the licensing impacts of changing markets…the strategies for new licensees…and hydro operational case study impacts resulting from the marketplace?
Jan Lee, Executive Director, Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA)
Finlay Anderson, Kleinschmidt, Vice Chair, NWHA Regulatory Committee
What is the Northwest Hydroelectric Association’s role in policy and member services? Give us your feedback!
Asset Management from the Ground Up
Moderator: Mark Jones, Vice President, HDR Inc.
Janel Ulrich, Generation Asset Program Manager, Chelan PUD – ASM Importance of Upper Management Support
Shannon Rauch, Manager, Strategic Asset Management - Establishing a Strategic Asset Management Program at Tacoma Power
Andrew Strong, Sr. Manager, Asset Management, Standards, Joint Use and Street Lights, Seattle City Light – Progression of Asset Management within Seattle City Light
Harrison Ting, Control Engineer, PSE – Facility Automation and Controllers
Speakers from the industry discuss asset management, providing multiple perspectives from various levels within the organization. Why is asset management an important investment?
Learn implementation lessons from plant operations and putting control system data to use for operation and predictive maintenance. What is the role of facility automation…what are facility controller hurdles…the use of facility controllers for license implementation?
A New World of Safety & Security
Moderator: Suzanne Adkins, Principal Project Manager, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB)Speakers: Ed Perez, Consultant, Ed Perez Engineering – Dam safety issues
Alan Ferrara, Maintenance Manager, Skagit Hydro, Seattle City Light – Balancing Public Access with Safety and Security at the Skagit River Hydroelectric River Project
Aaron Kuntz, Archaeology Supervisor, Grant County PUD - Cultural Resource Protection – Wanapum Spillway Incident
The panel will highlight topics regarding the safety and security of hydropower facilities, including
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
CANYON HYDRO www.canyonhydro.com
EMAGINEERED SOLUTIONS, INC. www.emagineered.com
G E RENEWABLE ENERGY www.ge.com
MAX J. KUNEY COMPANY www.maxkuney.com
MAINTENANCE METROLOGY www.maint-met.com
STOEL RIVES www.stoel.com
VAN NESS FELDMAN, LLP www.vnf.com
VOITH HYDRO www.voith.com
WORTHINGTON PRODUCTS, INC. www.tuffboom.com
Resource materials from the 2014 Fall Workshop and prior years are in the Archive section.
October 14-15, 2015
sponsored by Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB)
Hilton Hotel, Eugene, Oregon
Tour of EWEB's Leaburg facility provided
What are the lessons learned in the hydro industry from this year’s low flow operations? How can these experiences help hydro maintenance and management professionals face future effects of climate change?
These conditions have created a number of challenges: a loss of fishery resource; diminished recreational opportunities; lower generation; wildfire damage. Other forces are at work as well: a changing energy mix; energy trading; the EPA’s Clean Power Plan; the Power Council's 7th Energy Plan. What will this mean to the future of energy in the Pacific Northwest?
The NWHA Fall Regional Workshop offered hydro professionals in the region the chance to come together to share their experience and perspectives on addressing current issues. Representatives from the National Hydropower Association and the Northwest Power Planning Council joined us to provide a broader perspective on what to expect from Federal and regional developments. A detailed agenda of the workshop program is available online. Click Here for the Agenda!.
The 85-year old historic Leaburg project is located 45 minutes east of Eugene, OR and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The facility went into service in January, 1930 and continues operation from its McKenzie River diversion. The construction included innovative technological features such as the Broome Self-Closing Sluice Gate and three 100-foot long roller gates. The bas relief panels on the building were created by a nationally prominent sculptor. Noted is the art deco architecture of the powerhouse that is rarely seen in industrial settings. A special thanks to our tour sponsor CH2M Hill.
Following the tour, the group gathered at Oregon Electric Station for a networking reception.
Below are the presentations given at the 2015 Fall Workshop. Click on the presenters name to download and view the presentation.
Commissioner James Manning, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio
Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
The Seventh Power Plan – the proposed mix of generation resources and strategies for the region
John Fazio, Senior Power Systems Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Moderator: Erin Erben, Manager of Power Planning, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Dan Kirschner, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association
The Future of Utilities in the Pacific Northwest
Erin Erben, Manager of Power Planning, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Role of Energy Storage
Patrick Balducci, Senior Economist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Potential of Marine Energy
Matthew Sanders, Program Director, Oregon Wave Energy Trust
Moderator: Brian Hughes, Principal, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Andrew Janos, Environmental Specialist, Eugene Water & Electric Board
PacifiCorp Lewis River: Drought and Water Management
Brianna Weatherly, Manager of Environmental Compliance, PacifiCorp
Managing Idaho Power Company's Hydro Projects During Drought Conditions
The Benefits of Communication and Collaboration
Kresta Davis-Butts, Operations Hydrology Leader, Idaho Power Company
Moderator: Craig Massie, Principal Project Manager, CH2M
Climate Adaption Strategies for Fisheries and Wildlife Management
David Jepsen, Sr. Policy Analyst/Climate Change, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Clean Power Plan Implementation in the Northwest
Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
Climate Change Models
Dr. David Rupp, Research Associate, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute