Featured Workshops and Events

Hydro 'In the Field' Technical Tours

Every year, several technical tours of hydroelectric facilities are offered as part of HydroVision International. This year, attendees can sign up for three exciting tours of local plants. Space is limited, so register quickly! Choose a link below to view more information on a tour.

Powerful Small Hydro: The Robert V. Trout, Gross and Boulder Canyon Tour

Monday, June 26, 2017    |    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Fee: US$150 (includes lunch and transportation)
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Utilities in Colorado are leaders in developing and operating small hydro facilities. Take a day to visit three small hydro plants, with very different development stories, owned by three different public agencies:

* 2.6-MW Robert V. Trout/Carter Lake, owned by Northern Water and commissioned in 2012
* 7.6-MW Gross, owned by Denver Water and commissioned in 2007
* 5-MW Boulder Canyon, owned by the City of Boulder and commissioned in 1910

The 2.6-MW Robert V. Trout Hydropower Plant is located at the Bureau of Reclamation's Carter Lake Reservoir near Berthoud, Colo. It takes advantage of existing irrigation and municipal water releases from the Colorado-Big Thompson system. The plant contains two 1.3-MW horizontal Francis units. Robert V. Trout is the first project to utilize Reclamation's Lease of Power Privilege process in the Great Plains Region.

The 7.6-MW Gross hydropower plant is in Boulder County, Colo., at the Gross Reservoir, which stores raw water from the headwaters of Denver Water's northern water collection system. The power generated is sold to Xcel Energy. The powerhouse is located in a picturesque, narrow canyon on Southern Boulder Creek, giving a phenomenal view of Gross Dam. It serves as the primary outlet works from the reservoir.

The 5-MW Boulder Canyon project provides a unique glimpse into hydro's rich history. Constructed more than 100 years ago, Boulder Canyon was the highest-head hydro project west of the Mississippi River at the time of completion in 1910. The project was awarded the Historical Welded Structure Award by the American Welding Society to honor its pioneering use of the acetylene/ball-peen welding procedure, which caused significant advances in penstock technology.

 

 

Hydro’s Workshop: The Bureau of Reclamation Technical Service Center

Tuesday, June 27, 2017    |    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: US$75
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The Bureau of Reclamation's Technical Service Center consists of about 500 scientists and engineers and operates world-class materials and hydraulic engineering laboratories. Its mission is to be Reclamation's preferred provider of science and engineering services.

The Denver Federal Center has been home to Reclamation's primary research facilities since the late 1940s, conducting pioneering work in the development of hydraulic equipment, structures, instrumentation and design guidance and analysis tools for hydraulic and materials engineering.

Tour attendees will see a number of significant research areas, including the materials lab, hydraulic modeling lab, fisheries lab, zebra and quagga mussels lab, paint booth and more. At the end of the tour, attendees will witness a 2-foot-diameter by 4-foot-tall concrete sample break in our 5 million pound universal test machine.

 

 

True Originals: Cabin Creek Pumped Storage and Georgetown Tour

Tuesday, June 27, 2017    |    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Registration Fee: US$150 (includes lunch and transportation)
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The 324-MW Cabin Creek pumped-storage complex was completed in 1967 and Xcel Energy's predecessor, Public Service of Colorado, was recognized by the Edison Electric Institute with the Edison Award, in recognition of its innovative technology. Cabin Creek is at 10,018 feet above sea level and water is supplied from two reservoirs totaling almost 2,000 acre-feet, enough for full load operation for both units for four hours. The turbines are scheduled for complete upgrades starting in 2018.

The 1.6-MW Georgetown run-of-river small hydro project began operation in 1903. The powerhouse contains two turbine-generator units that are remotely controlled by operators at the Cabin Creek facility. For most of the year, both units are operated at less than full capacity, but for about three months of the year the plant operates at full capacity, with excess water spilling over the dam.

The 324-MW Cabin Creek pumped-storage complex was completed in 1967 and Xcel Energy's predecessor, Public Service of Colorado, was recognized by the Edison Electric Institute with the Edison Award, in recognition of its innovative technology. Cabin Creek is at 10,018 feet above sea level and water is supplied from two reservoirs totaling almost 2,000 acre-feet, enough for full load operation for both units for four hours. The turbines are scheduled for complete upgrades starting in 2018.

The 1.6-MW Georgetown run-of-river small hydro project began operation in 1903. The powerhouse contains two turbine-generator units that are remotely controlled by operators at the Cabin Creek facility. For most of the year, both units are operated at less than full capacity, but for about three months of the year the plant operates at full capacity, with excess water spilling over the dam.

Waterpower Hydro Basics Tour   |   Essential Hydro: The Hillcrest Tour

Monday, June 26, 2017    |    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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MUST attend the Waterpower® Hydro Basics Course to register

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This 'Hydro 101' tour takes attendees in our Waterpower Hydro Basics course (limited to the first 50 registrants) to Denver Water's 2-MW Hillcrest project. This is an opportunity to take a quick look at an operating hydro facility or learn more about incorporating hydroelectric power into water supply systems.

The Hillcrest small hydro plant began operating in June 1993. The power produced is partially used to offset load required by the associated pumping station at the site, while the excess is sold to utility Xcel Energy.