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Resource materials from the 2013 Fall Workshop can be viewed below; prior years are in the Archive section.

2014 NWHA Fall Workshop & Tour

October 29-30, 2014
The Davenport Hotel
Spokane, Washington


2013 NWHA Fall Workshop & Tour October 16-17
Portland, OR

October 16 Tour - Bull Run Project

October 17 Workshop

8:15 a.m. Welcome: John Esler, Portland General Electric, NWHA President

8:30 a.m. Legislative/Regulatory Update
Chuck Sensiba, Van Ness Feldman, DC
Malcolm McLellan, Van Ness Feldman, Seattle

Learn about the latest legislation and regulation coming out of Washington DC and our NW State Capitols that will affect our industry and its future...streamlining the FERC process, transmission legislation, and other changes.

9:00 a.m. Downstream Fish Passage – Reports from the Field
Moderator: Mike Garello, HDR
Steve Fischer, Tacoma Power
Tim Shibahara, Portland General Electric
Chris Karchesky, PacifiCorp

For many NW hydroelectric projects, ensuring safe and timely migration of salmon past their dams is one of our biggest and most costly challenges. Recently constructed fish passage facilities have dramatically raised the expectation of fish guidance around some of the NW’s high-head dams. This panel of fisheries experts will share their respective organizations recent experiences and plans for the future.

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Transmission Interconnection Agreements
Moderator: Jan Lee, NWHA
Brian Fritz, PacifiCorp
Steve Johnson, Central Oregon Irrigation District
Stephen Enyeart, Bonneville Power Administration
Dennis Desmarais, Element Power

Is this the final hurdle for success or the last straw that kills a project? How do project developers overcome the challenges faced landing a transmission interconnection agreement? This panel will discuss how to successfully traverse this process and provide some insight on how utilities evaluate your project and the impacts to their system.

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. FERC Licensing in the Rear View Mirror – "Successes, regrets, and lost opportunities"
Moderator: Patti Kroen, URS
Bruce Meaker, (recently of) Snohomish PUD
Doug Cramer, (recently of) Portland General Electric
Ralph Torres, (recently of) California Department of Water Resources

Utility project managers who have recently stepped down from the day-to-day FERC licensing business have a great story to tell. They can consider questions on what they would have done differently in licensing their projects and implementing these licenses without the constraints of drawing a paycheck from the licensee! This panel of experienced hydro licensing veterans will share their war stories in an informal roundtable that promises to be both educational and entertaining.

1:45 p.m. The Future of Fish Hatcheries in the Northwest
Moderator: John Esler, Portland General Electric
Casey Baldwin, Colville Confederated Tribes
Chuck Huntington, Clearwater Biostudies
Tom Stahl, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dam owners have traditionally funded fish hatcheries as “mitigation” for the effects of their operations on naturally spawning populations of fish. But concerns about the impacts hatchery fish can have on ESA protected salmon has resulted in rethinking how these hatcheries should operate. These panelists are engaged in the challenge of future hatcheries that are compatible with "wild fish". Will there even be a “mitigation hatchery” in your future?

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Mitigation Funds in Licenses – Would you do it again?
Moderator: Steve Padula, McMillen, LLC
Scott Lawrence, Portland General Electric
Colleen McShane, Seattle City Light
Tim Swant, Avista Corporation

During license negotiations, settlement parties often propose mitigation funds which could be used during the life of the new license to address resource issues that otherwise weren’t locked down in the proposed license articles. The three organizations represented by this panel have all made extensive use of mitigation funds. They will share the genesis of the funds, their experience implementing them, and what they might do differently in the future.

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

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