MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3
Session 2A: Hydro 2.0: What’s Next on the Policy Front?
Hydropower enjoyed an unprecedented level of support from Washington policymakers in 2013, culminating with the passage
of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural
Jobs Act. Yet, there’s still much more work to do. Get an update on what’s next on the legislative front … continued regulatory
improvements, tax incentives, and clean energy programs, just to name a few.
Session Leader: Jeffrey A. Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
Session 2B: The Crucial Role of Electricity Storage in Making Transmission Grids Reliable and Resilient
With intermittent renewable energy sources providing a larger percentage of electrical capacity than ever before, the need for
storing electricity to have available on demand is more crucial than ever. This session will bring you up to speed on the most
recent policy debates, particularly those in the hot spots of the Pacific Northwest and California, where action on grid reliability,
stability and integration policies is taking place right now.
Session Leader: Debbie Mursch, Director, Market Strategy and Development, Hydro Business Unit, Renewable Power
Session 2C: A Focus on Fish: New Science, New Solutions?
In the hydropower industry, millions of dollars are spent each year to protect fish residing in the same waters used for generating
electricity. Over the past several years, industry - working with researchers, agencies, and other stakeholders - have uncovered
new science, developed innovative technologies, and generated more data regarding fish passage and habitat enhancement
than ever before. Is it time to re-examine standard fish protection requirements in light of these new discoveries? Are there new,
less expensive approaches that will provide the same results?
Session Leader: Wendy Bley, Senior Consultant, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc.
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions – choose from 3
Session 3A: Hydro Regulation Update: Issues, Proposals, SOLUTIONS!
As the U.S. seeks to maximize renewable energy generation, hydropower is at a competitive disadvantage due, in part,
to what can be a time-consuming, duplicative, and costly regulatory process. This session provides detailed updates on
the progress being made to expedite the hydro licensing process to make it more timely and more effective – examining
possible legislative, regulatory or administrative improvements.
Session Leader: Charles Sensiba, Member, Van Ness Feldman, LLP
Session 3B: Small Hydro: Bringing Light to ‘Unspoken’ Business Issues
While there certainly is great opportunity to build more small hydro in the U.S., there are also significant market challenges
to overcome. In this frank discussion, panelists open up about the often not-discussed business-related problems
and obstacles of small hydro development … including getting a reasonable power purchase agreement and getting
connected to a transmission grid without paying exorbitant charges. Learn the lessons from these success stories where
projects are getting it done.
Session Leader: David Sinclair, President, Advanced Hydro Solutions
Session 3C: Federal Hydro Research and Development: Where Has the Money Been Spent? What’s in
Over the past several years, the U.S. Department of Energy has funded R&D activities in a variety of sectors in the hydro
industry… conventional hydro, pumped storage, and marine hydrokinetics. What are the results? What are the biggest
accomplishments? And, what does the future hold for funding of new projects?
Session Leader: Greg Allen, Director, Environmental and Engineering Services, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.