NWHA Young Hydro Professionals Group
Young Hydro Professionals Group (YHPG) is focused on assisting
newer hydro industry members (regardless of age) with
professional development and understanding of what the industry
offers. Meetings provide networking opportunities to socialize
with other industry members. Meetings can be breakfasts, dinner,
tours or other forums organized around topics of interest to the
attendees. Industry "elders" (experienced industry
members) "mentor" by sharing their experiences and offering sage
advice on a variety of topics. There are now two groups formed
and others may be developed in the future:
Seattle/Bellevue, WA Young Hydro Professionals Group
Portland, OR Young Hydro Professionals Group
NWHA is supportive of forming other groups
in other locales throughout our service territory: Alaska,
British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and
The first meeting was held June 28 in Portland as a breakfast
For events, contact NWHA Board Members:
Seattle/Bellevue, Washington Group
The Seattle/Bellevue Group began meeting January 30, 2012. It continues to meet quarterly to meet the needs of its participants.
For future events, contact Shane Richards or Eli Wilson at the
Bruce Meaker, Group Mentor
Shane Richards, P.E.
Puget Sound Energy
Eli Wilson, P.E.
EES Consulting, Inc.
(425) 889-2700 ext 209
September 11, 2014
Seattle Steam Company
On Thursday, September 11, the Seattle chapter of NWHA’s Young Hydro Professionals Group took a tour of the Seattle Steam Company’s facilities in downtown Seattle. Eight people attended for a very successful event.
Seattle Steam Company is a privately-owned utility that
provides reliable and sustainable heat to approximately 200
buildings in Seattle's Central Business District and First Hill
neighborhoods. Seattle Steam's mission is to deliver a reliable
cost-effective and efficient source of heat that benefits its
customers, the environment and the Seattle community.
Brandon Oyer, Director of Engineering, was a great tour guide. He superbly explained the economic, engineering, environmental, and historical aspects of the Seattle Steam Plant.
The group learned several interesting facts about the plant and its operations:
First, the plant generates 220 MW of thermal power, but considers producing electricity a bi-product.
Second, sand is used to spontaneously combust wood chips without producing a flame, so if you looked inside the stove all you would see is sparks.
Third, the wood is a green energy non-fossil fuel and collected from demolished buildings around the city.
Fourth, if it wasn’t for an existing tunnel we walked through built in the early 1900’s, the new biomass facility couldn’t have been built.
Finally, the plant entered the market after the Great Seattle Fire as a way to reduce the amount of boiler rooms or fire sources in downtown.
The Seattle Steam Company now distributes the majority of its energy by steam to downtown Seattle for uses like heating hotel rooms, laundry, and sterilizing equipment in hospitals. As a matter of fact, after the tour the group enjoyed the finest work of the Steam Plant via a delicious selection of beer and food at the Pike Brewing Company which uses Seattle steam in their brewing production process.
The after-tour get-together celebrated a late congratulations
to co-chair Eli Wilson's Labor Day wedding and bid goodbye to member Adrian Strain who
was moving back to Iowa.
For more information about the Steam Plant visit their
website at: www.seattlesteam.com.
More festivities will continue after the holidays!
May 16, 2014
Tour of the Downstream Fish Passage System at PGE's
River Mill Dam and Floating Collector at North Fork Dam
The Portland Young Hydro Professionals toured of
the downstream fish passage system at PGE's River Mill Dam as
well as the floating collector in construction at the North Fork
Dam. These are both on the Clackamas River near Estacada.
Click Here to view
PG&E Clackamas River Flickr album.
The tour was scheduled on Friday May 16th at 1 pm. There
was a disc golf course post-tour activity.
May 15, 2014
Tour of Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
The Young Hydro Professionals enjoyed a tour of the Army
Corps of Engineers Ballard Locks on May 15th.
Click Here for more information about the Hiram M.
Chittenden Locks known locally as the Ballard Locks.
Twelve of the group were able to join the tour
and enjoyed dinner following the tour.
There was a joint breakfast meeting of the two groups with
other interested persons invited, at the 2014 NWHA Annual
Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Seattle Washington, February
2013 Tour of Canyon Hydro Plants in
Deming and Sumas, WA
The Young Hydro Professionals Group enjoyed a successful tour of the Canyon Hydro plants in Deming and Sumas, WA. Bret Bauer of Canyon led the tour of their high head turbine manufacturing facilities and explained the manufacturing process and of equipment Canyon ships internationally. Eleven of the YHPG members were able to participate in the tour. Everyone came away impressed with the level of technical sophistication they use to machine their turbines of all types.
January 30, 2012
Pagliacci Pizza Bellevue,
Topic: Things I Broke When I Was Young and Survived
Bruce Meaker, Stan Schweising, and Kim deRubertis gathered with 7
invitees to share stories of the big mistakes that happened to
them when they were first starting out.