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2013 Small Hydro Workshop Presentations

Below are presentations given at the 2013 Small Hydro Workshop held on SeptembBelow are presentations given at the 2013 Small Hydro Workshop held on September 12-13, 2013, Riverhouse Convention Center, Bend, Oregon. Click on the presenter's name to download and view the presentation.

Final Agenda

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome

Patti Kroen, URS Corporation

Assessing Sustainable Hydropower Opportunities in the Deschutes Basin

Moderator: Patti Kroen, URS Corporation

  • Overview of the U.S. Department of Energy Deschutes Basin Study
    Simon Geerloffs, Program Manager, Wind and Water Power Technologies, Pacific NW National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • How the Basin Model Works
    Sara Neihus, Hydrology Group Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Basin Implementation
    Mike Britton, Manager, North Unit Irrigation District
    Steve Johnson, Manager, Central Oregon Irrigation District
  • Lease of Power Privilege Program
    Kerry McCalman, Senior Adviser, Hydropower US Bureau of Reclamation
    Experience to date with the program; Reclamation’s Role in use of Basin Model from Pacific NW National Laboratory; new federal legislation

Renewable Energy Coalition

Moderator: Steve Johnson, Manager, Central Oregon Irrigation District

  • John Lowe, Director, Renewable Energy Coalition
  • Marc Thalacker, Manager, Three Sisters Irrigation District The Coalition represents Northwest members in coordinating responses before the PUC and in other forums on power sales agreements, PURPA pricing and interconnection issues

Overview of the 2013 Legislative Session

Moderator: Jan Lee, NWHA Executive Director

  • Oregon Department of Energy Programs
    Incentives, Loan Program, Wave Energy
    Rebecca O’Neill, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
  • Fish Passage Resolution – SB 837
    • Jan Lee, NWHA Executive Director, Northwest Hydroelectric Association
    • Rick Kepler, Manager, Water Quantity/Quality Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Dave Moldal, Renewable Energy Project Manager
      Implementing the fee
      Energy Trust of Oregon
  • The “Affordable Energy Act” Initiative
    • Varner Seaman, Policy Director, Renewable Northwest Project

Congressional Hydropower Legislation

Moderator: Jim Holeman, JR Holeman Consulting
Streamlining FERC process for conduit exemptions and Bureau of Reclamation legislation for conduit exemptions on federal facilities

  • Kurt Johnson, CEO of Telluride Energy, President of the Colorado Small Hydro Association and Vice President of the Small Hydro Council of the National Hydropower Association

The States’ Agreements with FERC

Moderator: Jim Holeman, JR Holeman Consulting
The Colorado Experiment with FERC – Did it Work?
FERC’s demonstration of an expedited program in coordination with Colorado

Friday, September 13, 2013

Welcome:

Jim Holeman, JR Holeman Consulting

Cumulative Watershed Impacts

Small Hydro Projects in Irrigation Delivery System

  • Les Perkins, FCA Solutions, Hood River Basin, an Energy Trust of Oregon project

Virtual Tour of Small Hydropower Projects

A series of newer small hydro projects will be highlighted by operators or owners

  1. Susan Priddy, Director of Engineering, Lucid Energy – City of Portland Project
  2. Kurt Johnson, CEO, Telluride Energy – Small hydro projects of several types developed in Colorado
  3. Pamela Thalacker, Three Sisters Irrigation District – project in construction

2013 Technical Seminar Presentations

Machines, Maintenance, and Management: Keeping Hydro Facilities Up and Running

Below are presentations given at the 2013 Technical Seminar held on May 23-24, 2013. Click on the presentation name to download and view the presentation.

[ View Photos of the 2013 Seminar and Tour ]

Agenda [ PDF ]

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Smith Creek: Efforts and Experiences Addressing Pelton Cavitation
Dalen Willhite, EWEB

Laser Tracker Application in Hydro:
Bear Swamp Rebuild FARO
Ontario Power Case Study
FARO Laser Tracker Overview
Russian API and LPT
Garrett Smith, ED&T Corp.

Generator Maintenance Testing
Howard Moudy, National Electric Coil

In-Situ Francis Turbine Blade Replacement Due to Gross Cavitation
Steven Potter, Voith Hydro

Oil Water Separator Refitted with High-Efficiency Separation Media
Kirby Mohr, Mohr Separations Research, Inc.

Box Canyon Turbine and Electrical Upgrades
Don Jarrett, McMillen LLC

Concrete Maintenance, Inspection, and Repair Techniques
Jason McLauchlin, PCL Construction Services

High Pressure Hydraulics – Bearing Puller Safety
Rob King, SPX Hydraulic Technologies

Rough Load Zone Characterization
Garrett Smith, ED&T Corp.

Crane Load Testing and Monitoring
Ed Arias and Jim Bentley, Water Weights, Inc.

QA/QC for Purchasing Chinese Equipment
John Zhang, JHP and Associates, Inc.

Arc Flash: Utility Application and Case Study
Ryan Cook, Seattle City Light

Friday, May 24, 2013

Safety Program - Federal OSHA Update
Randy White, OSHA

Learning from a Near Miss Incident
Bruce Meaker, PE Principal Engineer, PUD No.1 of Snohomish County


2013 NWHA Annual Conference Papers and Presentations

The following files represent presentations provided on February 19-21 at the 2011 NWHA Annual Conference. Where available, click on a speaker's name to view or download a file of that speaker's presentations and papers.

Because of the large file sizes of some of the presentations, they are only available  on CD. To request a copy of the 2013 Annual Conference Presentations CD Contact Eureka Software, Inc

Tuesday, February 19

Clean Hydro Ad Campaign

Terry Flores, Executive Director, Northwest River Partners

To Do, or Not to Do, That is the Question

Moderator:
Jim Holeman, Principal, Holeman

Panelists

  • Barbara Greene, License Division Manager, Seattle City Light
  • Ken Homolka, Hydropower Program Leader, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Keith Kirkendall, Chief, FERC & Water Division Branch, NOAA Fisheries
  • Bill Cochran, Supervising Engineer, California Dept. of Water Resources

Creative Partnering with Law Enforcement

Moderator:
Michele Drake, Hydro Compliance Coordinator, Avista Corporation

Panelists

  • Nate Hall, Terrestrial Program Leader, Avista Corporation  (On CD by Request)
  • Tony Dentel, Recreation Resources Project Manager, Portland General Electric
  • Tom Whalen, Conservation Officer, Idaho Fish and Game (On CD by Request)

FERC Observations

Ben Tansey, Editor, ReLicensing Review, Energy News Data

Biological Opinions & Endangered Species Act Consultation – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

Moderator:
Lewis Wardle, FERC Licensing Coordinator, Idaho Power Company

Panelists

  • Matt Love, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP
  • Doug Young, Energy Program Manager, US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Ritchie Graves, Federal Columbia River Power System Branch, Northwest Region, National Marine Fisheries Service

The Reality of Risk: Dam Safety in the 21st Century

Moderator:
Joseph Ehasz, Water Resources Program Manager, URS Energy & Construction, Inc.

Panelists

  • Douglas Boyer, Division Chief, Risk Management, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bill Christman, Manager, Engineering, Chelan County PUD
  • Douglas Johnson, Regional Engineer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Division of Dam Safety

Wednesday, February 20

Keynote Address:
Hydro’s Role in Energy Policy

Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Set Your Sites on New Hydro

Moderator:
Matt Steuerwalt, Senior Vice President, Strategies 360

Panelists

  • Kevin Smith, Chief, State Water Projects Bureau, Montana Dept. of Natural Resources 
  • Travis Million, Manager, Power Generation, Copper Valley Electric Association
  • Scott Spahr, Manager, Generation Engineering, Snohomish County PUD
  • Elaine Brown, Executive Director, Nuvista Light & Electric Cooperative

Northern Lights – Getting Hydro Work Done in Remote Locations

Moderator:
Catrin van Donkelaar, Sr. Project Manager, Director of Canadian Operations, McMillen 

Panelists

  • Scott Willis, Vice President, Generation, Alaska Electric Light & Power
  • Bob Day, Power Production Manager, Homer Electric Association Inc. (On CD by Request)
  • Clay Koplin, CEO, Cordova Electric Cooperative
  • Mark Havekost, Principal, Jacobs Associates

Climate Change and the Northwest Hydropower System

Moderator:
Gordon Grant, Research Hydrologist, US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Panelists

  • John Fazio, Senior Systems Analyst, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
  • Tim Beechie, Team Leader, Ecosystem Processes Research Team, NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Lynn Best, Director, Environmental Affairs Division, Seattle City Light
  • Anna Fahey, Senior Communications Strategist, Sightline Institute

Columbia River Storage Treaty: Potential for Change to the Cooperative Management of the Columbia River by the United States and Canada

Moderator:
John Shurts, General Counsel, Northwest Power & Conservation Council

Panelists

  • Kathy Eichenberger, Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty Review, Ministry of Energy, Mines & Natural Gas
  • Paul Lumley, Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
  • Robert W. Cromwell, Jr., Director, Power Contracts & Resource Acquisition, Seattle City Light
  • Stephen Oliver, Vice President, Generation, Bonneville Power Administration

Thursday, February 21

America’s Least Wanted

Moderator:
John Gangemi, Hydroelectric Program Director, ERM

Panelists

  • Robyn Draheim, AIS Coordinator, US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Leonard Willett, Compliance Manager, US Bureau of Reclamation/Hoover Dam (On CD by Request)
  • John Dulude, Partner, ERM (On CD by Request)
  • Michael Stephenson, Senior Biologist, Idaho Power Company
  • Daniel MacKay, Fisheries Technician II, Avista Corporation

Fish Passage Facility Team Design and Construction

Moderator:
John Esler, Clackamas Project Manager, Portland General Electric

Panelists:  (On CD by Request)

  • Upper Baker Project:
    • Nick Verretto, Fisheries Biologist, Puget Sound Energy
    • Satendra Jain, Manager, Civil-Structural Engineering, URS Corporation
    • Edward Meyer, Sr. Fish Passage Engineer, National Marine Fisheries
  • Service Round Butte Project:
    • James Bartlett, Fisheries Biologist, Portland General Electric
    • Paul Carson, Principal, Current Consulting
    • Larry Swenson, Hydraulic Engineer, National Marine Fisheries Service

Lease of Power Privilege on Reclamation Facilities

Moderator/Presenter:
Michael Gabaldon, Director, Technical Resources, US Bureau of Reclamation

Presenters

  • Kerry McCalman, Senior Adviser, Hydropower, US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Michael Pulskamp, Renewable Energy Program Analyst, US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Clark Bishop, Renewable Energy Program Analyst, US Bureau of Reclamation

2012 Small Hydro Workshop Presentations

Below are presentations given at the 2012 Small Hydro Workshop held on September 13-14, 2012. Click on the presenter's name to download and view the presentation.

Final Agenda

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Opening Remarks/Welcome

John Esler, President, Northwest Hydroelectric Association

Issue Updates

Case Studies – General Session

Project management, construction and engineering issues in bringing the project on line…what will make the industry prosper in the future…needed changes

  • Thom Fischer, Toll House Energy
  • John Lowe, Renewable Energy Coalition

Case Studies – General Session

With reductions in federal and state incentive programs, how are projects funded in today’s economy? What is the role of private financing and the experience with developing and implementing privately funded financial agreements?

What’s happened since the project came on line?
– General Session

Friday, September 14, 2012

General Session

Jan Lee, NWHA Executive Director

Case Study

Three Sisters Irrigation District

  • Pam Thalacker, Administrator
  • Marc Thalacker, General Manager

Virtual Tour

Virtual tour of new, innovative installations and projects coming on line


2012 NHA/NWHA Boise Regional Meeting

October 17-18, 2012
Boise, Idaho

Download Agenda [ PDF ]

October 17 – Tour Idaho Power Company’s Swan Falls Project and Museum

October 18 – Northwest Regional Meeting

Welcome and Introductions

SSuzanne Grassell, Chelan County PUD and Secretary – NHA Board of Directors

John Esler, Portland General Electric and President - NWHA Board of Directors
 
Governor C. L. (Butch) Otter

Wind Challenges, Lisa Grow, Vice President, Idaho Power Company

Columbia River: Its Salmon & Its Hydropower – An Update
Terry Flores – Northwest River Partners

One Project, Competing Species - Management of Multiple Fish Species 

Moderator: John Esler, Portland General Electric & NWHA President

Bull Trout and the Upper Deschutes Reintroduction Program, Megan Hill, Portland General Electric

Managing Multiple Fish Species but Which Ones?, Joe DosSantos, Avista

Non-native Fisheries - Life in the Back Seat, Jim Chandler, Idaho Power

Managing Mixed Species Obligations in the Mid C, Joe Miller, Chelan County PUD

Building a Strong Future for U.S. Hydropower, NHA Washington Update – Linda Church Ciocci – NHA Executive Director

What is new in the Pacific Northwest Hatchery World?

Moderator: Pat McCarty, Tacoma Power
 
Snake River Sockeye Salmon Program Expansion Planning & NPCC Step Review,  Mort McMillen, McMillen, LLC - Sockeye Program in Idaho
 
New Hatchery Development Collaborative Design, Keith Underwood, Natural Resources Manager, Tacoma Power – new hatchery development considerations

Shoreline Management – Effective Tools for Equal Enforcement and Ending Encroachments

Moderator: Nancy Craig, HDR Engineering, Inc.
 
Shoreline Management Monitoring, Compliance & Enforcement, Sheryl Dotson, Grant PUD
 
Shoreline Management, Clark Fork Project, Brian Burky, Avista Corporation
 
Shoreline Management, Easier Planned than Implemented, Allison Murray, Kleinschmidt Associates

Changing Times: Infrastructure Development to Infrastructure Management, ICOLD 2013 Seattle - Briefing
Dan Hertel, Engineering Solutions LLC

Closing Remarks
Suzanne Grassell, Chelan County PUD and Secretary – NHA Board of Directors
 
John Esler, Portland General Electric and NWHA President


2012 Alaska Regional Meeting

August 21-23, 2012
Sitka, Alaska

Video is now available of the meeting. Click Here for links.


2012 Technical Seminar Presentations

Machines, Maintenance, and Management: Keeping Hydro Facilities Up and Running

Below are presentations given at the 2012 Technical Seminar held on May 17-18, 2012. Click on the presentation name to download and view the presentation.

[ View Photos of Seminar and Tour ]

NWHA Technical Seminar

Youngs Creek Tour

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Transformer Maintenance / Replacement / Monitoring
Tyler Nice – Eugene Water and Electric Board

Youngs Creek – Challenges of Constructing
a New Small Hydro Project

Danny Miles - Snohomish PUD

Youngs Creek – Challenges of Operating
a New Run-of-the-River Project

Danny Miles - Snohomish PUD

Challenges of a Water to Wire Contract
Nick Pike – Gilkes, Ltd.

Anatomy of a Kaplan Blade Weld Repair
Steven Potter, Peak Hydro Services

Yelm Hydro Unit Alignment: Procedures and Challenges
Jim Byrd & John Stender – NAES Power Contractors

Youngs Creek Hydro – Pictures of Slide remediation at
Diversion Structure
Danny Miles - Snohomish PUD

Corrosion, Coatings, and Hydropower
Steve Reiber – HDR

Arc Flash Mitigation
Dick Reese – Industrial Tests, Inc.

Application of EMI Diagnostics to Hydro Generators
Jim Timperley - Doble Engineers

On-Line Forum for Generators
Jane Hutt – International Generator Technical Community

Round Table Discussion – Penstock Inspection Programs
Dale Doughty - Norton Corrosion
Thomas Kahl – Kleinschmidt Associates
Andy Strong – Seattle City Light
John Hamill – Avista Corp

Friday, May 18, 2012

Deviance of Normalization as it Relates to Training in the Workplace: A Review of the Bellingham Gas Pipeline Disaster
Dave Hanson – Safety West Coast Services

OSHA Update
Dale Cavanaugh – OSHA Region X


2012 NWHA Annual Conference Papers and Presentations

The following files represent presentations provided on February 21-23 at the 2012 NWHA Annual Conference. Where available, click on a speaker's name to view or download a file of that speaker's presentations and papers.


Wednesday, February 22

Keynote Address:
Ecosystem Values in Western River Basins

Angus Duncan, President, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Moderator:
Steve Johnson, Manager, Central Oregon Irrigation District

Panelists

  • Perspectives on Green and Clean Hydropower Potential Assessment, Brennan Smith, Water Power Program Manager, Wind & Water Power Technologies, Oak Ridge National Laboratory – National Hydropower Assessment
  • Ben Rees, V.P., Renewable Energy Markets, Evolution Markets – RECs, TRECs, RPS
  • John Lowe, Director, Renewable Energy Coalition – Developers’ Use of Incentives
  • Managing Uncertainty, John Seebach, Member of Governing Board, Low Impact Hydropower Institute – Green Project Certification

Growing Hydro Capacity

Moderator:
Scot Lawrence,  Project Manager, Portland General Electric

Panelists

Water Quality: Successful Implementation Strategies

Moderator:
John Esler, Project Manager, Portland General Electric

Panelists


Thursday, February 23

Is This Project for the Birds?

Moderator:
Chris Karchesky, Manager, Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Panelists

Hydro Relicensing Class of ’93

Moderator:
Catrin Van Donkelaar, Director of Canadian Operations, McMillen Engineering, LLC

Panelists:

Development on Federal Facilities

Download Final Onsite Program from the 2012 Conference [PDF ]

Download Conference Brochure from the 2012 Conference [ PDF ]


2011 Technical Workshop Presentations

Below are presentations given at the 2011 Technical Workshop held on May 19-20, 2011.Click on the presentation name to download and view the presentation.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wells Project Turbine Refurbishment
Stan Hayes MWH Americas Vice President

Mapping the Rough Load Zone at Lower Baker Dam
Theodora Lybarger Puget Sound Energy Associate Engineer

Additional Upgrades While Rebuilding Your Unit
Terry Borden Box Canyon Hydro Maintenance Superintendent

Generator Rewinds Writing Successful Specifications
William "Buzz" Wentz National Electric Coil

Integrating a New Trash Rake into an Old Facility: Lessons Learned
Dalen Willhite Eugene Water and Electric Board Mechanical Engineer

Small Hydro SCADA Systems Challenges and Opportunities
Wes Gerrish Kleinschmidt Senior Electrical Engineer

Life Cycle Extension through Generator Rewinds Test and Verify
Jack Heaton Andritz Hydro Corp.

Round Table Discussion - Small Hydro Systems Operations and Maintenance Issues

Friday, May 20, 2011

Quagga Mussels and Other Invasive Species Challenges
Sarah Clark HDR Senior Project Manager

Safety Session
State and National Safety and Health Representatives will discuss pertinent safety issues
Randy White, OSHA, Region X

International Generator Technical Community
www.generatortechnicalforum.org

Conference Photos

Click here to see photos from the conference.


2011 NHA/NWHA Regional Meeting

October 4, 2011
Puget Sound Energy Bellevue, WA  

Meeting Agenda [ PDF ]

Presentations and Handouts:  

NHA Federal Policy Update
Jeffrey A. Leahey
Director of Government Affairs NHA  

Future of Hydro in the Northwest
Lorri Bodi, Vice President, Environment, Fish and Wildlife
Bonneville Power Administration

Wind Integration - Understanding the relationship between Hydro and other Renewables - A Utility's Perspective
Irena Netic, Manager,
Generation Operations Puget Sound Energy


2011 Small Hydro Workshop Presentations

Below are presentations given at the 2011 Small Hydro Workshop held on September 22-23, 2011. Click on the presenter's name to download and view the presentation.

Final Agenda

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Opening Remarks/Welcome

Patti Kroen, KROEN Consulting, NWHA President

National Resource Assessment

Brennan Smith, Program Manager – Wind & Water Power Technologies,
Oak Ridge National Energy Lab, National Energy Assessment for Hydropower

Michael Gabaldon, Director of Technical Resources, Bureau of Reclamation,
Reclamation’s Assessment of Hydropower Projects in the West

Mark A. Parrish, Hydropower Analysis Center, Army Corps of Engineers
Corps Hydropower Assessment

Deschutes Basin Integrated Opportunity Assessment

Gary Johnson, Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Steve Johnson, Chair, Deschutes Basin Board of Control (7 irrigation districts)

Julie Keil, Director of Hydro Licensing, Portland General Electric

Kate Miller, Oregon Water Counselor, Trout Unlimited

Revenue Incentives

Tom Nelson, Owner, Thomas H. Nelson and Associates Developing power sales agreements, working with the PUC, EIA filing

Marlys Palumbo, Partner and Attorney, Van Ness Feldman, PC RPS Policies in the Northwest

Ben Rees, Vice President, Renewable Energy Markets, Evolution Markets Brokering TRECs, RPS markets and policy – Northwest and California

Gary Marcus, President, Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project TRECs, RECs, WREGIS reporting, Low Impact Hydro Institute certification--from an owner’s perspective

Financing Small Hydro

Mark Matousek, Founder and Vice Chairman, Orenco Hydropower Working with a private financier from the financier’s perspective

David Filippi, Partner and Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP Negotiating with a private financier on behalf of a public entity

Bill Eddie, President, OneEnergy Renewables US Department of Energy programs and other finance opportunities

Jed Jorgensen, Sr. Renewable Energy Project Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon State incentive programs


Friday, September 23, 2011

Interconnection

Aleka Scott, V.P. Transmission and Contracts, Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative Interconnection contracts with REA Coops

Laura Raypush, Transmission Account Manager, PacifiCorp Interconnection contracts with investor-owned utility

Eric Taylor, Transmission Account Executive, Bonneville Power Administration Interconnecting direct with BPA

Steve Anderson, Owner/Principal, Evergreen Energy Corporation Working through the interconnection process

New Small Hydro Technologies

Gia Schneider, CEO, Natel Energy

Bruce Sellars, Regional Sales Representative, Mavel Americas, Inc.

Eli Lamb, Managing Director of drovolts, Oregon and Burt Hamner, Founder and CEO of Hydrovolts

Josh Kanagy, Director of Business Development, Lucid Energy


2011 NWHA Annual Conference Papers and Presentations

The following files represent presentations provided on February 22-24 at the 2011 NWHA Annual Conference. Where available, click on a speaker's name to view or download a file of that speaker's presentations and papers.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Who Will Keep This Place Running? Attracting the Next Generation of Employees

Moderator: Bruce Meaker, Sr. Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Snohomish PUD

Panelists:


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Keynote Address:
Hydropower: A Comparative Energy Review

J. Mark Robinson, JMR Energy Infra LLC Former Director, Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

What’s Making Hydro Hot Again

Moderator:
Michael Manwaring, Regulatory Manager, HDR|DTA
Why is Hydro Hot Again?
10 Reasons Why Hydro is Hot Again in the PNW

Panelists

  • Erik Steimle, Director, Environmental Compliance, Symbiotics
  • Ken Dragoon, Senior Resource Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Dave Carlson, CEO, Southeast Alaska Power Agency
  • James Holeman, Sr. Project Manager, The Louis Berger Group

New Hydro - Making it Happen

Moderator:
Wayne Dyok, V.P., Hydropower Program, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Panelists

Spawning Better Ideas for Fish Passage

Moderator:
Michael McCann, Environmental Specialist, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Panelists


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Northwest Potential Pumped Storage Development Meeting

Bonneville Power Administration: Pumped Storage Evaluation,
Wayne Todd, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

Avoiding a Dam Midlife Crisis

Moderator:
Bill Christman, Hydro Engineering Manager, Chelan PUD

Panelists

Long Licenses, Short Memories

Moderator:
John Esler, Clackamas Project Manager, Portland General Electric

Panelists:


2011 NWHA Annual Conference Papers and Presentations

The following files represent presentations provided on February 22-24 at the 2011 NWHA Annual Conference. Where available, click on a speaker's name to view or download a file of that speaker's presentations and papers.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Who Will Keep This Place Running? Attracting the Next Generation of Employees

Moderator: Bruce Meaker, Sr. Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Snohomish PUD

Panelists:


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Keynote Address:
Hydropower: A Comparative Energy Review

J. Mark Robinson, JMR Energy Infra LLC Former Director, Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

What’s Making Hydro Hot Again

Moderator:
Michael Manwaring, Regulatory Manager, HDR|DTA
Why is Hydro Hot Again?
10 Reasons Why Hydro is Hot Again in the PNW

Panelists

  • Erik Steimle, Director, Environmental Compliance, Symbiotics
  • Ken Dragoon, Senior Resource Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Dave Carlson, CEO, Southeast Alaska Power Agency
  • James Holeman, Sr. Project Manager, The Louis Berger Group

New Hydro - Making it Happen

Moderator:
Wayne Dyok, V.P., Hydropower Program, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Panelists

Spawning Better Ideas for Fish Passage

Moderator:
Michael McCann, Environmental Specialist, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Panelists


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Northwest Potential Pumped Storage Development Meeting

Bonneville Power Administration: Pumped Storage Evaluation,
Wayne Todd, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

Avoiding a Dam Midlife Crisis

Moderator:
Bill Christman, Hydro Engineering Manager, Chelan PUD

Panelists

Long Licenses, Short Memories

Moderator:
John Esler, Clackamas Project Manager, Portland General Electric

Panelists:


2010 NWHA Annual Conference Papers and Presentations

The following files represent presentations provided on February 16-18 at the 2010 NWHA Annual Conference. Where available, click on a speaker's name to view or download a file of that speaker's presentations and papers.


Tuesday, February 16

New Hydro Workshop

Compliance Roundtable: Public Safety Plans

Moderator: Diane Barr, PacifiCorp

Panelists:

  • Eric Gaedeke, FERC Compliance Division
  • Bob Steel: Portland General Electric

Dams and Sediment

Moderator: John Esler, Portland and General Electric

Panelists:


Wednesday, February 17

Panel: Federal Hydropower System - the New Era of Implementation

Moderator: Barbara Craig, Stoel Rives, NWHA General Council

Panelists:

  • Bob Nichols, Senior Policy Advisor, Washington Governor's Office
  • Terry Flores, Executive Director, Northwest River Partners
  • John Ogen, Counsel, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs
  • F. Lorraine (Lori) Bodi, Senior Policy Advisor for Fish and Wildlife, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
  • Bruce Suzumoto, Chair of the Regional Implementation Group, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Panel: Licensing and Amendments - 3 Keys to Success: Communication, Coordination, Consultation

Moderator: Lyn Wiltse, PDSA Consulting, Inc.

Panelists:

  • Dan Ross, Energy Northwest: Packwood Lake Project Relicensing
  • Ron Nelson, Nevada Irrigation District: Yuba-Bear Project Relicensing
  • Suzanne Adkins, Eugene Water & Electric Board: Carmen-Smith Project License
  • Finlay Anderson, Long View Associates: Licensing New Hydro Projects

Panel: Land and Resource Management Plans

Moderator: Jan Mulder, AECOM

Panelists:


Thursday, February 18

Panel: Modeling Undressed

Moderator: Catrin van Donkelaar, EWEB

Panelists:

  • Dudley Reiser, R2 Resources: Project Operational Effects on the Environment
  • Lisa Larson, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants: Modeling Applications to Help Solve Fish Passage and Water Quality Issues
  • Richard Palmer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst: Operational Decision Support Systems
  • Liza Roy, US Army Corps of Engineers Portland District: Modeling Applications on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers

Panel: Pumped Storage

Moderator: Tom Key, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Panelists:

  • Kevin Nordt, Grant County Public Utility District
  • Terry Kent, US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Ralph Torres, California Department of Water Resources
  • William Homes, Stoel Rives

Pumped Storage and Integration of Renewable Resources, BPA

Opportunities in Pumped Storage Hydropower: Supporting Attainment of Our Renewable Energy Goals, Rick Miller and Maureen Winters, HDR


2010 Technical Workshop
September 9-10

Presentations and Speakers

Malacha Project, Muck Valley Transformer Fire
Cheryl Basel, Global Transformer Sales Leader, General Electric Energy Services

Lookout Point and Dexter Projects
Army Corps of Engineer Projects

Ketchikan Rebuild
John Stender, Director, NAES Power Contractors

Turbine Shutoff Valve Rehabilitation
Danny Miles, Principal Water Resources Engineer, Snohomish PUD

Large Valve Problems
Dan Campbell, Manager, Hydroelectric Projects, Klohn Crippen Berger

Planned Shutdowns
Martin Bradley, President, Machinery Installation and Maintenance, Inc.

Corona Repair
Bill Easterling, Electrical Technician, Snohomish PUD

Technical Crane Safety Issues
Larry Markee, Crane Technical Specialist, Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Crane Safety Operation
Steve Jouwsma, Vice President, Sicklesteel Cranes

Dry Air and Desiccant Filters
Martin Bradley, President, Machinery Installation and Maintenance, Inc.

Francis Turbine Seal Ring Replacement
Danny Miles, Principal Water Resources Engineer, Snohomish PUD

Welding and Runner Repair
Steven Potter, Sales Manager, Peak Hydro


Low Impact Hydro Workshop
September 22-23, 2010

Workshop on "how to" for small hydro conduit exemptions, projects added to existing dams or incremental enlargement: incentive and finance, streamlining the FERC process, project stories, and other issues...followed by a tour of two new projects.

Program Overview of Presentations [ PDF ]

September 22nd (Wednesday)

Opening Overview

Overview of Hydropower Industry -NWHA President Patti Kroen

Panel: Incentives: How Do I Pay for the Project?

Moderator: Steve Johnson, Central Oregon Irrigation District

Federal Financial Programs – Mary Jo Miller, Stoel Rives LLC
U.S. Department of Energy Programs, CREBs, other incentives

Oregon Department of Energy Programs – Kathy Estes, Department of Energy
Small Energy Loan Program (SELP), Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC), CREFF

Energy Trust of Oregon Incentive Programs – Jed Jorgensen, Hydro Division Manager
Ratepayer funding for feasibility studies, project development

Green Credits – Gary Marcus, Frontier Technology
RECs/TRECs, RPS Incentives, Low Impact Hydropower Institute

Panel: Streamlining the FERC Process

Moderator: Allison Murray, Kleinschmidt

FERC Small Hydro Work Group - Shana Murray, Lead, Small Hydro Work Group, FERC

Colorado’s Streamlining Process Agreement with FERC - Francisco Flores, Colorado Governor's Energy Office

Streamlining the FERC Process – Gia Schneider, Natel, Small Hydro Council

Workbooks for FERC Procedures & Needs for Process Streamlining - Jed Jorgensen, Energy Trust of Oregon

Panel: Regulatory Issues

Moderator: Patti Kroen, KROEN Consulting

NW Power & Conservation Council - Peter Paquet
Columbia River Basin Fish & Wildlife Program, “ Protected Areas”

US Forest Service – Kristine Bonanno and Dean Grover
Working with project owners—what USFS needs for your success

Stoel Rives – Dave Filippi
Role of Water Quality and other Permitting

The Land Use Gorilla –Wendie Kellington, Land Use Attorney
Role of land use siting in project development Part 1
Role of land use siting in project development Part 2

Panel: Project Snapshots

Moderator: Finlay Anderson, Long View Associates

Projects at Existing Dams - Mike Pulskamp, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver
Working with Reclamation at existing dams sites; studies and grant program pending

Retrofits and Incremental Additions – Geoff McCavitt, MWH
Partial project replacement, upgrades -Presentation not Available

Societal Benefits - Jay Maher, Kleinschmidt
Water conservation, clean energy, pressurized systems, and additional project benefits

Development and Construction Issues - Norm Bishop, Sr. Vice President, Hydropower & Renewable Energy, Knight Piesold Consulting
Bringing a project to fruition – from conception through successful completion

Day 2: September 23rd (Thursday)

Panel: Innovative Concepts/Equipment

Moderator: Michael Manwaring, MWH

Natel in-river turbine/generator - Gia Schneider
Installation Arizona and pending projects – turbine in river or canal

Hydrovolts Turbine/Generator – Eli Lamb, Hydrovolts
Roza Irrigation District project, Washington – flipwing floating turbine in canal

Lucid Technologies – Josh Kanagy
Partnership of Northwest Pipe and Lucid – generator/turbine in pipeline

New Energy Corporation – Andrew Walls
Encurrent turbine—grid connected instream & tidal hydrokinetic installations

Pre-Tour Discussion New Conduit Exemptions

Moderator: Jan Lee, Executive Director, NWHA

Suzanne Butterfield, Manager, Swalley Irrigation District
New .75 MW project, conduit exemption
$14 million project with 5 mile pipeline, ¼ of water right returned to river, federal stimulus dollars – grants, incentives, regulatory issues
Presentation Document

Steve Johnson, Manager, Central Oregon Irrigation District
New 3 MW project expandable to 5 MW
$22 million project with 3 mile pipeline, interesting mix of finance, loans, incentives; return water to river as permanent instream water right
Presentation Document

This is a pre-introduction to the tour of the two facilities.

Presentation to the NW Power and Conservation Council 9/22/10

Patti Kroen, NWHA President, spoke before the Council on September 22nd, accompanied by Executive Director Jan Lee.  Patti's presentation can be reviewed here. The last 3 slides are from a study of a few of the potential hydropower projects within irrigation districts in Oregon. The study was commissioned by the Energy Trust of Oregon.


NHA/NWHA Regional Meeting

October 29, 2009
2 World Trade Center
Portland, Oregon
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Invitation to Participate in the Meeting

Regional Meeting Workshop Flier

NHA-NWHA Regional Meeting Agenda

Presentations and Handouts
Panel: Scope Creep in License Implementation
Panel: New Hydropower Opportunities

Tidal Opportunities (Presented by Adam Lewis, Snohomish County Public Utility District)

Wave Energy Opportunities (Presented by  Kevin Banister, Oregon Wave Energy Trust)

Incremental Hydropower at Non-power Producing Federal Projects (Presented by Julie Keil, Portland General Electric)

Incentive Programs Reducing Costs of Small Hydro Development (Presented by Jan Lee, Northwest Hydroelectric Association)

 Panel: Is Pumped Storage in Your Future?

2009 NWHA Annual Conference Papers and Presentations  

The following files represent presentations provided on March 17-19 at the 2009 NWHA Annual Conference. Where available, click on a speaker's name to view or download a file of that speaker's presentations and papers.

PRE CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

Practical Information on Cultural Resources and Implementation of Programmatic Agreements

Shane Baker, Idaho Power Company

Brent Hicks, Historical Research Associate

George Kramer, Kramer & Company

Denise DeJoseph, Historical Research Associates

Deborah Schallert, Portland General Electric

Dennis Griffin, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office  

GENERAL SESSION

Regulatory/Legislative Update

Richard Glick, Iberdrola Renewables

James Lynch, K & L Gates LLP

Andrew Munro, Grant County PUD  

New Technology in a New Environment

Roger Bedard, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Sharon Kramer, H.T. Harvey & Associates, Inc.

Jeffrey A. Leahey, National Hydropower Association

Trey Taylor, Verdant Power, Inc.  

Integrating Wind Energy into the Northwest Energy System

Angus Duncan, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Ken Dragoon, Renewable Northwest Project

Steven St. Clair, Puget Sound Energy

Eric Grimit, Environmental Forecast Group  

On the Ground and in the Water

Walter N. Bennett, CH2M Hill

Shane Bickford, Douglas County PUD

Keith Moen, Hatch Acres Corporation

Rudd Turner, US Army Corps of Engineers  

WECC, NERC – Compliance and Regulation

Alan Cooke, Tacoma Power

Adam Menendez, Portland General Electric

Crystal Musselman, Senior Reliability Consultant

Matt Jastram, Portland General Electric  

Recreation Implementation and Project Land Management

Mark Andersen, California Department of Water Resources

David Moore, PacifiCorp

David Steindorf, American Whitewater

Allison Murray, Kleinschmidt Energy & Water Resources

Bill Crawford, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department  

Climate Change and Implications for Reservoir Management & Hydroelectricity

Alan Hamlet, University of Washington Climate Change Impacts Group

Kaveh Madani, University of California, Davis

Seshu Vaddey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  

Fish Politics in the Pacific Northwest – Swimming with Salmon

Todd N. Pearsons, Grant County PUD

John Shurts, Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council

Stephen Smith, Stephen H. Smith Fisheries Consulting

Robert Walton, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Region


2009 Technical Workshop/Tour

May 28-29, 2009
Desert Inn,
705 Willamette Street
Umatilla, Oregon

Plant operators discussed how to address current O&M issues. A tour of Northern Wasco County PUD's innovative McNary Fishway Hydro Project was also included.

View or download the Brochure


Oregon Small Hydro Workshop

October 24, 2008
Bend, Oregon
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Small Hydro Workshop Agenda

Small Hydro Workshop Brochure and Registration Form


NHA/NWHA Regional Meeting

October 23, 2008
Puget Sound Energy's Offices
Bellevue, Washington
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Register Now: Invitation to Participate in the Meeting

View the Agenda


2008 Technical & Maintenance Workshop

May 29 - 30, 2008
Wenatchee, Washington

Workshop Flyer (pdf)


 2008 California Compliance Committee Spring Meeting

April 25, 2008 - 8:00 AM  - 4:00 PM

El Dorado Irrigation District
2890 Mosquito Road
Placerville, California
contact:
pkroen@pacbell.net

Workshop Flyer (pdf)


2008 NWHA Annual Conference Papers and Presentations

The following files represent presentations provided on February 20 and 21st at the 2008 NWHA Annual Conference.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Mark Anderson, California Department of Water Resources
Kyle Danish, Van Ness Feldman
Peggy Duxbury, Seattle City Light
Steve McCombs, Chicago Climate Exchange

NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Theresa Hampton, Oregon Solutions
Jennifer Hill FERC
Cherise Orem, Stoel Rives
Rich Bower, NW Reform Coalition

ON THE GROUND AND IN THE WATER
Joe DosSantos, Avista Corporation
David Heinztsman, Portland General Electric
Ned Horner, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Todd Olson, PacifiCorp
Chuck Peven, Chelan County PUD

COMPLIANCE:  PREPARING FOR THE TRANSITION
Bill Cochran, Supervising Engineer
Rick Dieker, Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District
Michele Drake, Avista Corporation
Laurel Heacock, Grant County PUD
Lewis Wardle, Idaho Power Co.

COMPLIANCE:  NOW YOU HAVE YOUR LICENSE
Nancy Craig, Devine Tarbell
Chuck Everett, EDAW, Inc
Hossein Ildari, FERC
Mary Lucachick, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
Tim Swant, Avista Corporation


New Small Hydro Projects Seminar

Sponsored by Northwest Hydroelectric Association, Energy Trust of Oregon and Oregon Department of Energy
May 16, 2007
McMennamins
Bend, Oregon

Learn about opportunities and incentives for building new small hydropower facilities in Oregon. Tour of small hydro facility contact Jan@NWHydro.org

Other seminars sponsored by NWHA have covered Hatchery Operations and Mitigation, the Columbia River Operations, Public Relations Management, International Marketing, Mitigating for the Endangered Species Act, Water Quality Requirements and other topics.

If you have ideas for topics, contact our office - NWHA


2007 NWHA Annual Conference Papers and Presentations

Final Program (pdf)

Agenda

Registration, Reservation, and Topic information (pdf)

Evaluation Form

2007 Conference Exhibitors List (pdf)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Pre-Conference Hatchery Mitigation Workshop

Salmon hatcheries have a long history in the Northwest. But over the last decade, there has been increasing concern that hatchery operations can have adverse effects on the naturally spawned salmon in our river systems. This concern has increased as many of the region's salmon populations have been listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. There is significant ongoing research into what it will take to reform hatchery operations to minimize the impacts on non-hatchery salmonids. For utility mangers, agencies, tribes, and NGOs negotiating the mitigation measures that will be in place for 30-50 years in new FERC licenses, this timely discussion can provide insight into the role salmon hatcheries will play in the future.

This workshop will address the general question of whether salmon hatcheries should still be a preferred form of mitigation for hydropower impacts. Three panels with different perspectives will provide opinions on the future of mitigation hatcheries that will be of interest to utilities with FERC licensed projects, natural resource agencies, and salmon harvesters.

Introduction to the Workshop 

John Esler, Portland General Electric

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Panel 1: How has Hatchery Mitigation Been Treated in Recent FERC Licenses?

Using their experiences gained from recently relicensed hydroelectric projects and projects currently in relicensing, a panel of utility representatives will address approaches to funding and operating mitigation hatcheries.

Moderator: Cary Feldman, Puget Sound Energy

Speakers:
Paul Abbott, Idaho Power Co. Relicensing and the Idaho Power Hatchery Mitigation Program
Sean Seaman, Chelan PUD Overview of Hatchery Programs Chelan County PUD
Dave Pflug, Seattle City Light The Saga of Hatchery Mitigation At the Skagit Hydroelectric Project During Licensing & Implementation(1990-2007)
Doug Cramer, Portland General Electric Hatchery Mitigation and PGE Hydro Projects Hydro Projects A Varied Approach

Panel 2: What's Happening in Hatchery Reform?

Tribes, regional and state interest groups will address research and policy questions on how hatcheries can be reformed to be compatible with salmon recovery efforts in the Northwest. Panelists will discuss current initiatives that are underway to change the way salmon hatcheries operate in the Northwest.

Moderator: Larry Cassidy, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Speakers:
Joe Peone, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Chief Joseph Hatchery 21st Century Mitigation
Jim Waldo, Columbia River Hatchery Reform Project
David Noakes, Oregon Hatchery Research Center Oregon Hatchery Research Center
Dave Fast, Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation

Panel 3: Are Hatcheries Appropriate Mitigation for Hydro Impacts?

Federal agency and NGO representatives will share their perspectives on the future of salmon hatcheries as appropriate tools to mitigate for some of the effects of hydropower operations. The organizations represented by these panelists are actively involved with discussions regarding mitigation hatcheries, either as regulating agency or resource advocates.

Moderator: Ed Bowles, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Are Hatcheries Appropriate Mitigation for Hydro Impacts?

Speakers:
Brett Swift, American Rivers Are Hatcheries Appropriate Mitigation for Hydro Impacts
Jim Hastreiter, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hatchery Mitigation Workshop
Rob Jones, National Marine Fisheries Service The Future of Mitigation Hatcheries
Jim Martin, Berkley Conservation Institute 

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

 Northwest Hydroelectric Association Annual Membership Meeting
Continental Breakfast for Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA) Members and Board of Directors meeting

GENERAL SESSION
Welcome

NWHA President Suzanne C. Grassell, Chelan County Public Utility District

 Keynote Address

FERC Commissioner Philip D. Moeller

 An Inside Look at Settlement Agreement Rehearings

Moderator: Gregg Carrington, Chelan County Public Utility District

So you’ve gotten your license and it’s not exactly what you expected? In September 2006 FERC issued its Policy Statement on Hydropower Licensing Settlements. Since then, several licensees have seen it affect the outcome of their licensing proceedings. During this panel, you'll here from a mix of licensees and stakeholders whose settlements were modified by FERC in accordance with the policy statement. They'll discuss how they evaluated their options, worked with other signing parties, and responded to FERC.

Panelists:
William C. Frymire, Washington Office of Attorney General
Julie A. Keil, Portland General Electric
Rebecca Sherman, Hydro Reform Coalition
Cary Feldman, Puget Sound Energy
Steve Fransen, National Marine Fisheries Service


Luncheon Speakers

Michael Bogert, Counselor to U. S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne

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Compliance

Compliance Moderator: Diane Barr, PacifiCorp

Part 1: Preparing Your Compliance Staff

Meeting evolving compliance standards raises a broad range of issues…internal as well as external. How do you prepare your organization to manage stakeholder expectations…adapt to new measures…absorb new costs. Learn from panelists who have successfully addressed these issues in their own operations.

Panelists: Deborah Schallert, Portland General Electric
Gail Thompson, PhD, Historical Research Associates, Inc. Cultural Resource Training Ideas
Scott Lechert, PacifiCorp

Part 2: Recreation Implementation and Compliance

Recreation is quickly growing to be a significant cost, liability, and interest among influential stakeholders. What are some of the expectations for new licenses in the realm of recreation? How are licensees equipped to manage new licenses with such requirements?

Panelists:
Bill Cochran, P.E., California Department of Water Resources Recreation Implementation and Compliance
Dave Moore, PacifiCorp Managing Recreation Sites
Fred Noland, Idaho Power Company

On the Ground and in the Water: Technical Challenges and Solutions Associated with Implementation

Moderators:
Lisa Larson, Northwest Hydraulics Inc.
Heidi Wahto, Hatch Acres

As newly relicensed projects in the Northwest transition into the implementation stage, new technical challenges demand creative—and effective—solutions. Panelists present technical solutions to current fish passage, habitat, and wildlife project challenges.

Panelists:
Tom Dresser, Grant County Public Utility District–Priest Rapids Project, Washington
Cary Feldmann, Puget Sound Energy–Baker Project, Washington
Ginger G. Gillin, GEI Consultants, Inc.–Thompson Falls Project, Montana
Gary Holmstead, Idaho Power Co.–C.J. Strike Project, Idaho
Colleen McShane, EDAW–North Umpqua Project, Oregon

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Trial-Type Hearings under EPAct 2005: How did the first flurry of cases turn out?

Moderator: Craig Gannett, Davis, Wright & Tremaine LLP

The goal of trial-type hearings is to eliminate unnecessary mitigation measures and create an incentive for reasonable settlements. Is it working? Panelists assess the outcomes of the first trial-type hearings under the new law. If there’s any chance that you’ll be requesting a trial-type hearing for your project, you’ll want to hear from these battle-scarred veterans.

Panelists:
Bruce Howard, Avista Corporation, Multiple Projects
Michael A. Swiger, Van Ness Feldman, P.C., Klamath PacifiCorp Projects
James B. Vasile, Davis, Wright & Tremaine LLP, Idaho Power Projects

 A Look Ahead for Hydro in the Northwest

Moderator: Wayne M. Dyok, P.E., MWH Americas, Inc.

What does the future hold for Northwestern hydro? A panel representing a broad range of hydro interests forecasts the role of hydro in integrated resource plans (IRPs), the advantages of production tax credits, and state and federal incentives. Projects that hold the most promise for future development will be explored.

Panelists:
Rick Dieker, Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District – New Hydropower
Jeffrey A. Leahey, National Hydropower Association – Energy Act Incentives Current Drivers for Hydropower Development in the Northwest
And additional panelists

Luncheon Speaker

Featured Speakers:
Linda Church Ciocci, National Hydropower Association Repositioning Hydropower in a New Era of Clean Energy
Roger Ballentine, Green Strategies, Inc. A New Climate for Climate(and for Hydro??)

Discussion of NHA efforts to position the hydropower industry for the future, the status of energy policy development, the growing interest in clean energy markets, and solicit feedback from the northwest community on areas of interest for NHA focus.

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Harnessing New Technologies

Moderator: Bruce Meaker, Snohomish County Public Utility District

New hydro technologies create the potential to harness kinetic power in tidal currents and ocean wave motion. Panelists reveal how these new technologies work and discuss the challenges involved with their development and implementation in today’s market.

Panelists:
Peter Hogan, Oregon State University – Wave Technology
Peter D. Mostow, Stoel Rives LLP - Permitting and Development of New Projects
Craig Collar, Snohomish County PUD - Puget Sound Tidal Permits Tidal Power Initiative
Trey Taylor, Verdant Power LLC - East River Project

Four Views of Compliance: Evolving Water Quality Issues in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

Moderator: Jerry Fish, Stoel Rives LLP

Representatives from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California share “hot” water quality issues for their respective state’s hydro operators. Panel examines different approaches to specific hydro challenges, including obtaining water quality certification.

Panelists:
Bruce Howard, Avista Corporation (Washington) The Spokane River Project & WQ Issues
Ralph Myers, Idaho Power Co. (Idaho) Hells Canyon Complex 401 Certification
Representative, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (Oregon)
Craig Wilson, Stoel Rives LLP (California)  Hydro Projects in California: 401 Certification Issues


2006 Hydropower Licensing & Relicensing Workshop

Hydropower Licensing & Relicensing Workshop Agenda

Thursday, November 9, 2006
8:00am-4:00pm
SMUD Service Bldg,  6301 S Street, Sacramento, CA

Agenda

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2006 NWHA Annual Conference Papers and Presentations

Conference Program

(Program pdf)

View Conference Photos

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2006

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

The Columbia River and Safe Passage for Salmon Under the ESA

Implementation of the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion (BiOp) will influence the relationship between hydropower in the Columbia River Basin and fish conservation groups in the Northwest. Panelists representing a range of interests discuss Bull Trout and Salmon designations, hatchery effects and issues, critical habitat, sub-basin coordination, and cyclical issues.

Examine the latest legal, technical, and policy developments.

PANEL I: LITIGATION

Moderator: Beth S. Ginsberg, Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP 

Panelists:

  • David Cummings, Office of Legal Counsel for Nez Perce Tribe
  • Mike Grossman, Assistant Attorney General, State of Washington
  • Mark Stermitz, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

PANEL II: POLICY AND TECHNICAL ISSUES

Moderator: Terry Flores, Executive Director, Northwest River Partners

 Panelists:

  • Lorri Bodi, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Bob Nichols, Washington Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office
  • Cyrus Noe, Editor, “Clearing Up” Newsletter
  • Charles E. Pace, Spokane Tribe
  • Glenn Vanselow, Pacific Northwest Waterways
  • Rob Walton, National Marine Fisheries Service

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Presentations

CV 01-00640-RE  "Auribus teneo lupum"
Panel II Presentation by Charles Pace, PH.D., Spokane Tribe of Indians

Pre-Conference Workshop Handouts (7.2 mg pdf)
Beth Ginsberg

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2006

Welcome: Gale H. Banry, President

Legislation, Rulemaking, and Litigation
Moderator: Craig Gannett, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

The 2005 Energy Bill has far-reaching implications for every segment of hydropower. How is it affecting hydro licensing reform? How is it playing out in current FERC court cases? Hear about the bill’s provisions for tax incentives on new hydro projects and additions to existing hydro.

Panelists:

  • Donald Clarke, Law Offices of GKRSE
  • Daniel Adamson, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Presentations

Energy Policy Act of 2005
Paper presented by Craig Gannett and Daniel Adamson, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, at the Law Seminars International’s 11th Annual Conference on Buying and Selling Electric Power in the West, January 19 & 20, 2006.

Clean Water Act Litigation
Moderator: Craig Gannett, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

About how current litigation, such as the S.D. Warren case, may affect 401 permit requirements under the Clean Water Act.

Panelists:

  • Dan Adamson, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Richard Agnew, Van Ness Feldman
  • Michael Campbell, Stoel Rives
  • Brian Faller, Washington Attorney General's Office
  • Kurt Burkholder, Oregon Attorney General's Office

Balancing Public Use of Project Areas
Moderator: Patti Kroen, Senior Facilitator, Kroen Consulting

How State and local agencies, NGOs, and licensees can work together to fulfill roles and responsibilities for the public benefit during relicensing. Panelists share practical tips on building lasting solutions for recreation and public access from the negotiating table, to settlement through implementation.

Panelists:

  • Charles Everett, EDAW, Inc.
  • Jim Eychaner, Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation
  • Tom O’Keefe, American Whitewater
  • Deborah Schallert, Portland General Electric Company

Water Quality Standards: What if I Can’t Comply?

Moderator: Craig Gannett, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Panelists share insights and perspectives on recent developments in state water quality standards, such as those imposed through Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

Panelists:

  • Michael Campbell, Stoel Rives LLP

  • Marilyn Fonesca, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

  • Melissa Gildersleeve, Washington Department of Ecology

  • G.Thomas Tebb, Washington Department of Ecology

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2006

The Future of Hydroelectric “Load Following” in the Northwest
Moderator: Suzanne Grassell, Relicensing Communications Specialist, Chelan Public Utility District No.1

Here’s your chance to learn about the challenges Northwest utilities are facing in trying to preserve the load following capabilities of their existing hydroelectric plants. Are there realistic alternatives to replace lost hydropower operating flexibility? How would alternative generation resources or reduced hydro peaking operations affect future electricity prices? Are there better ways to satisfy environmental concerns while preserving power benefits?

Panelists:

  • Jon Bowling, Idaho Power Company

  • Anna Miles, Snohomish County Public Utility District

  • Kevin Nordt, Grant County Public Utility District

  • Lon Peters, Northwest Economic Research, Inc.

Presentations

Possible Impacts to Hydro Load Following From Reduced Operational Flexibility at Hells Canyon Dam
Presentation by Jon Bowling, Idaho Power

Load Following: Some Economic Thoughts (Presentation February 8, 2006)Presentation by Lon L Peters, Northwest Economic Research, Inc., for 2006 NWHA Conference.

Beyond Energy: Load Following and Ancillary Services on the Mid-C – An Operational Perspective
Presentation by Kevin Nordt, MC Coordinator

Load Following: A Public’s Perspective
Presentation by Anna Miles, Snohomish County PUD No.1

Climate Change: What is it and How Will it Affect the Northwest Hydroelectric System?
Moderator: Bruce Meaker, Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Snohomish County Public Utility District

How will climatic variability affect the Northwest hydro system? Examine the perspectives of three experts with varying opinions about the causes, magnitude, and timing of our future weather pattern expectations.

Panelists:

  • John Fazio, Northwest Power Planning Council
  • Philip Mote, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
  • George Taylor, Oregon State Climatologist

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Presentations

Climate Change in Oregon – Another Viewpoint (3.5 mg pdf)
George H. Taylor

Global Warming: Heating up the Debate on Northwest Hydropower
Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Climate Change and Hydropower in the Northwest
Philip Mote, University of Washington (8 mg pdf)

NHA Lunch Forum

National Hydropower Association (NHA) representatives will speak to the association’s role and programs.

Panelists:

  • Gale Banry, NWHA President, NHA Board of Directors, EWEB
  • Jeff Leahey, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, NHA
  • George Martin, NHA President, Georgia Power

Resolving Real Issues in Settlement Implementation
Moderator: Diane Barr, License Implementation Project Manager, PacifiCorp

PANEL SECTION 1:
New License Implementation Committees In Action

Be a part of a simulated implementation committee made up of regulators, utility, and private interests. Walk through a “typical” decision process and see if you can avoid the pitfalls that can occur when transitioning into implementation.

Panelists:

  • Stephanie Burchfield, National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Julie Keil, Portland General Electric
  • Patti Kroen, Kroen Consulting
  • Jim Lynch, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP
  • Lois Schwennesen, Schwennesen and Associates
  • Brett Swift, American Rivers
  • Lewis Wardle, Idaho Power

PANEL SECTION 2:
How to Facilitate and Negotiate New License and Settlement Agreement Commitments

With settlement implementation, utility engineers, scientists, and operations staff can be put in a collaborative environment that requires new facilitation and negotiation skills. Professional facilitators share their insights on the skills needed to approach implementation issues such as protection, mitigation, and enhancement in a committee-based decision process.

Panelists:

  • Cathyrn Collis, SWCA Environmental Consulting
  • Patti Kroen, Kroen Consulting
  • Lois Schwennesen, Schwennesen and Associates

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Presentations

New License Implementation Committees in Action...what's the worse that can happen?
Panel Section 1: Moderator: Diane Barr

How to Facilitate and Negotiate New License and Settlement Agreement Commitments
Panel Section 2: Patti Kroen, Principal, KROEN Consulting

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2006

FERC Workshop
Moderator: Pamela Klatt, President, Meridian Environmental, Inc.

Use this interactive workshop to address your FERC questions on dam safety, coordination of non-federal hydropower dams with the Department of Homeland Security, instrumentation and monitoring of dams, licensing and the ILP, settlements, license compliance, and more.

Speakers:

  • Hossein Ildari, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Ann Miles, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Constantine G. Tjoumas, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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Presentations

What's Going on in Hydropower Licensing
Presentation by: Ann Miles, FERC

Integrated Licensing Process and Section 241 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005
Handout: Ann Miles, FERC


2005 Annual Conference Presentations

Managing Hydropower Project Boundaries & Exhibit Drawings, C. Kirk Cover, P.E. (PDF download 2mb)

Comparing Implementation to Planning: Is the Settlement Process Workable?, Michelle Smith, Chelan PUD (PDF download 953kb)


2005 Technical Program Presentations

Generator/Turbine Control using PLCs, John Claybrook, Phoenix Power Control, Inc., Monroe, WA (PDF download 292kb)

In a Heartbeat, Don Sterley, Bonneville Power Administration (PDF download 1.4mb)

Twin Falls Hydro Generator Failure, CHI Energy (PDF download 1.3mb)

Cowlitz Falls Sluice Gates Rehabilitation, Steve Grega & Jim Bird, Lewis County PUD (PDF download 5.12mb)

 

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