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February 16-18, 2016

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
Portland, OR

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2015 Annual Conference Presentations

The following files represent presentations provided at the 2015 NWHA Annual Conference. Where available, click on a speaker's name to view or download a file of that speaker's presentation.

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Tuesday, Feb. 17


NWHA President Barbara Craig, Stoel Rives LLC



Julie Keil, Attorney, GEI Consultants

New Vision for Hydropower

Barbara Craig, Stoel Rives, NWHA President
Terry Flores, Executive Director, Northwest River Partners
Clean Hydro Campaign Videos
Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
National Strategy to Promote Hydropower Video
Timothy Welch, Hydropower Program Manager, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office
DOE's Hydropower Program & New Vision for Hydropower

Fish Passage Requirements: The What, the How, and the Cost

John Esler, Environmental Compliance & Licensing Project Manager, Portland General Electric
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Todd Olson, Director of Compliance, PacifiCorp Energy
Keith Underwood, Natural Resources Manager, Tacoma Power
Tim Shibahara, Supervisory Fish Biologist, Portland General Electric
Keith Truscott, Director of Natural Resources, Chelan County PUD

What’s in Your Toolbox: The Latest in Modeling Applications

Lisa Larson, PE, Associate Vice President, HDR
Sue Nee Tan, Sr. Quantitative Analyst, Pacific Gas & Electric
Mizan Rashid, Director, Hydraulic Engineering & Modeling, Alden Labs
George Krallis, Senior Consultant, ERM
Michelle Bowman, Operations Research Analyst, Renewables, EIA
Phil Hilgert, Senior Scientist, R2 Resource Consultants

Droughts, Fires, Landslides and Other Disasters— Managing Hydro Projects through Extreme Conditions

David Hanson, Project Manager, Licensing & Permitting, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Mark Andersen, PE, Asst. State Water Project Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources
Recent Drought Experience
Kevin Marshall, Hydro Engineering Manager, Grant County PUD Wanapum Dam
Grant Nelson, PE, Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Project Operations during Recent Fires
Paul Larson, Civil Engineering Supervisor, Seattle City Light
Operating in a Landslide-prone Environment

Wednesday, Feb. 18


John Frank Fazio, Senior Power Systems Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

The Economics of Hydropower…Does it Make Cents?

Nate Sandvig, Hydropower Program Manager, MWH Global
Diane Barr, Regulatory & Compliance, Sr. Manager, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
Joe Stimatz, Manager, Asset Optimization, NorthWestern Energy
Joe Eberhardt, Director of Hydropower, EDF Renewable Energy
Mark Parrish, Mathematician, Hydropower Analysis Center, USACE

What’s in that Powerhouse?

Stephen Spain, Vice President, HDR
Blaine Graff, CE PE, Project Manager, HDR
Dam, Spillway and Plant Layout
Carl Atkinson, PE ME, Director, Sales and Marketing, Voith Hydro, Inc.
Hydraulic Turbines
Nicolas Dehlinger, PhD EE, Electrical Design Engineer, Alstom Renewable Power
Hydroelectric Generators
Ian Jones, EE, Hydro Electrical Engineering Supervisor, Grant County PUD
Controls and SCADA
Danielle Reynolds, ME, Mechanical Engineer, Portland General Electric
Balance of Plant Awards

Where the Rubber Hits the Road—Implementation in REAL Life


Brad Spangler, Generation Sr. Manager, Snohomish PUD
Francis J. Halpin, Sr. Technical Lead, Real time Operations, Bonneville Power Administration
Keith Binkley, Manager, Natural Resources, Snohomish County PUD
Ted Sorenson, Hydro Engineering Manager, Sorenson Engineering Inc.
Frances Brinkman, Senior Engineering Manager, Black & Veatch

Telling a Good Story: Creative Cultural Resources Mitigation

Heather Lee Miller, PhD, Senior Historian, Historical Research Associates
Rebecca Ossa, Historic Resource Specialist, Seattle City Light
Brent Hicks, VP/CRM Division Manager, Historical Research Associates Video
George Kramer, Historic Preservation Consultant/Principal, Kramer & Company Video
Allyson Brooks, Director, State Historic Preservation Office, Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation

Thursday, Feb. 19

Emerging Legal & Regulatory Matters Impacting Northwest Hydro

Matthew Love, Partner, Van Ness Feldman, LLP
Robert Cromwell, Jr., Director, Power Contracts & Resource Acquisition, Seattle City Light
David Poe, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
Jason Morgan, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

What’s inside my Project Boundary…and what’s not?

John Gangemi, Director, Hydro Licensing, ERM
Michael McCann, Generation & Fleet Services Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Kristen Bonanno, Regional Energy Coordinator, USDA Forest Service
Christopher Stine, Senior Environmental Engineer, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Darold Perry, Supervisor, Hydro License Implementation, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

2015 Annual Conference 34th Anniversary Pictorial: Click Here


2015 Pamela E Klatt Award Remembrance Presentation: Click Here


2014 Annual Conference Speaker's Presentations Archive: Click Here

2012-2014 Annual Conferences Pictorial Part 1: Click Here (9.3mg)

2012-2014 Annual Conferences Pictorial Part 2: Click Here (10.1mg)

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