NWHA Fall Workshop & Tour October 16-17
Fall Workshop & Tour (Agenda below)
Special NWHA Membership Event
NWHA will provide members the opportunity to attend a two-day event AT NO COST on October 16th and 17th in downtown Portland. (Registration is limited; see details to right.)
Social Event: October 16th
Named by Imbibe Magazine as one of the 100 Best Places to Drink Beer in America, the Green Dragon features 62 constantly changing taps that serve an eclectic mix of craft beer from across the country and across the seas. Many of these are not found in any other Portland establishment. Located on 9th and Yamhill in Portland’s inner east side, the Green Dragon also features
a beer-infused and beer inspired menu. The Green Dragon is part of the Rogue Nation family of public houses.
The small 15-barrel Buckman Botanical Brewery is located inside the Green Dragon, where Buckman maintains 5 of the 62 taps. Buckman also shares its one-barrel nano
brew system with the Green Dragon Brew Crew – a collective of local home brewers. Brewers get the opportunity to brew small batch beers, which are then released on tap at the Green Dragon every Wednesday.
Food selection is typical pub food with a few specialties. But really, it’s all about the beer. Dress is very casual, in fact you can’t be too informal to enjoy this fine collection of interesting beers in this infamous Portland institution.
We also welcome the NWHA Young Hydro Professionals who will be in attendance—take the opportunity to meet them!
We are seeking sponsors for this event. Your company will be featured on event materials, our website and in signage at the event. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A room block has been set aside at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, 1401 S.W. Naito Parkway, Portland, at a very reduced rate of $154, available until September 25th for the nights of October 15th and 16th. In addition, a limited number of rooms are also available on the 17th at the reduced rate for those who wish to stay and explore Portland. The hotel is three blocks from Two World Trade Center, site of the Workshop. Reserve your room.
October 16: Site Tour of the
Bull Run Project
ense from FERC (FERC No. 2821) and permits from the US Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Power is sold to Portland General Electric, who provides maintenance and repair services. A multi-level intake structure was recently added to allow for the selective withdrawal of water from Dam No. 2, as required by the Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).
The Bull Run Watershed is located about 1.5 hours from downtown Portland. Check in and boarding will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, 1401 S.W. Naito Parkway, Portland. The bus will depart at 9:00 a.m. and return to the hotel before 5:00 p.m. A box lunch is provided.
October 17: NWHA Fall Workshop Agenda
7:45 a.m. Coffee, Pastries & Registration
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
NWHA Members Only
No charge for tour or workshop but registration required. Register now.
Due to limited space, attendance will be limited to the first two registrants from each member organization. Additional representatives can register and, if space is available after October 1, will be admitted in the order received. If you are registering multiple members of your firm, please register the top two priority spots first. Thank you for your cooperation.
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