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Presentations from the 2013 Small Hydro Workshop can be viewed below. Resource materials from past conferences and workshops can be viewed in the Archive.

2014 Small Hydro Workshop

September 4-5, 2014
FivePines Lodge
Sisters, Oregon

2013 Small Hydro Workshop

September 12-13, 2013
Riverhouse Convention Center
Bend, Oregon

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Small Hydro Workshop: Register by Saturday August 31 to Save!

  • Save $40 on workshop
  • Save $45 on room
  • Still time to register for golf
  • Still time for sponsor recognition
  • Only six exhibit spaces left

This workshop provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to examine the forces driving the development of additional small hydro capacity in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Learn more about potential identified in the recently completed U.S. Department of Energy Deschutes Basin Study as well as plans for additional basin studies.
  • Find out about recent regulatory changes as well as regional and national legislative developments.
  • Gain new insights on the FERC/state expedited program to permit small hydro.

The conference will also include a "virtual tour" of small hydro projects that have recently come on line or are near completion. 

Wednesday Golf Tournament

Network with colleagues while enjoying the spectacular views and course challenges that have made the River’s Edge Golf Course one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play," as well as one of Central Oregon's premier golf resorts.

Room Discount Extended to 8/30

If reserved by Friday, 8/30, the special NWHA room rate at the Riverhouse Hotel is $112 per night (while available). A very limited number of government rate rooms ($98) are available to qualified individuals on a first come basis. Call the Riverhouse directly at 1-866-453-4480 to qualify.

Exhibit Space

Sponsors are provided an exhibit space at no charge. Others require registration plus $200.


$150 before August 31
$190 after

$195 before August 31
$235 after




For further questions, please contact
or call 1-503-545-9420.


2013 Small Hydro Workshop Presentations

Below 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


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


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
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