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PennWell Corporation Partners with the U.S. Department of Commerce

Tulsa, OK– PennWell Corporation, a diversified global business-to-business media and marketing services company, announced a strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). The strategic partnership details plans for PennWell and the ITA to work in close collaboration across PennWell’s trade shows, publications and digital divisions in both the United States and overseas.

“We are delighted to have entered into a strategic partnership with the ITA,” said June Griffin, PennWell’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Audience Development. “PennWell’s international reach gives us a great synergy with the work of the Department of Commerce. This wide ranging partnership will see us work closely together on a number of new initiatives across the PennWell business and we look forward to continued success with them.”

PennWell and ITA have worked closely together for more than a decade, with the Commerce Department running International Buyer Programs at a number of PennWell trade shows, including POWER-GEN International, FDIC International and HydroVision International. As part of the new strategic partnership PennWell and ITA will continue to work together on those trade shows, as well as heighten collaboration with PennWell’s international shows such as POWER-GEN Europe and POWER-GEN Asia. The strategic partnership will also include working on developing and distributing content through PennWell’s publications and the innovative pennwellhub™.

“We’re pleased to welcome PennWell Corporation as a partner in our efforts to strengthen the U.S. economy and support local jobs through expanding U.S. exports,” said Marcus Jadotte, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis. “With more than 96 percent of potential customers living outside U.S. borders, it’s imperative that American companies consider the benefits of selling their products abroad. This partnership provides us with an unique opportunity to educate PennWell clients and other U.S. exporters and service providers of all sizes; increase awareness of ITA services; and support U.S. exports through the certification of PennWell’s domestic and international trade shows.”

About PennWell Corporation:

Founded in 1910 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and marketing services company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries:  Electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater, oil & gas, electronics, optoelectronics, fiber-optics, aerospace and avionics, LEDs and lighting, fire and emergency services, and dental.  PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services. In addition to PennWell's headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; London, England; Houston, Texas; Mountain View, California; Fairlawn, New Jersey; Moscow, Russia; Istanbul, Turkey; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Hong Kong, China.

About the ITA:

The International Trade Administration (ITA) is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. ITA has 2,200 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 markets worldwide. For more information on ITA, visit

U.S. Department of Commerce official Chandra Brown joins HydroVision

Organizers of the world's largest hydroelectric power event are pleased to announce the addition of Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing with the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, as a keynote speaker at the upcoming HydroVision International 2015 conference and exhibition.

Brown oversees a broad portfolio of programs that seek to increase the international competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers, which has been a key in the Obama Administration's agenda for economic growth and job creation.


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Wave Energy Week will mix marine energy developers with traditional hydropower

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Democrat, has proclaimed “July 13-17, 2015 to be Oregon Wave Week in Oregon and encourages all Oregonians to join in this observance.”

Brown made this proclamation on June 24, just ahead of the 10th Annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference (OREC) sponsored by Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET). OWET is a nonprofit, public-private partnership that is helping to develop ocean energy.

OREC is co-located with the 2015 HydroVision International Conference at the Portland Convention Center held July 14-17.

“We appreciate Governor Brown’s support for marine renewable energy and its responsible development in the state of Oregon,” said OWET Executive Director Jason Busch.



FWEE sponsors geocaching activity

The Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) is hosting a geocaching activity at HydroVision International 2015 next month in Portland, Ore.

This activity will involve several geocache boxes hidden in and around the HydroVision International site. HydroVision is being held in the Oregon Convention Center.

Instructions to find the “hydrocaches” will be available in the FWEE booth #2077 and on the FWEE website once the locations have been chosen and GPS coordinates mapped.

FWEE has offered other geocaching programs, including the FWEE Hydro Cache Challenge, where visitors to 12 hydropower plants and dams earn stamps on virtual passports.

Women with Hydro Vision Award recipients announced

PennWell’s Hydro Group is pleased to announce the second annual class of recipients of the Women with Hydro Vision award.

This award program is designed to honor the most influential women in the hydropower industry. As the industry itself is rather diverse, we divided the market into 10 separate categories. The 2015 winners of the Women with Hydro Vision are listed below by category:

Communications; Public Relations; Industry Support
Jan Lee, Executive Director, Northwest Hydroelectric Association

Dam Safety
Debora J. Miller, President and Principal Engineer, Miller Geotechnical Consultants

Engineering Consulting and Plant Services/Maintenance
Frances B. Brinkman, Senior Engineering Manager, Black & Veatch

Environmental Protection and Mitigation
Lorri Bodi, Vice President, Environment, Fish and Wildlife, Bonneville Power Administration

Equipment Supply
Barbara Fischer-Aupperle, Coach, bfaCoaching

Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy
Cherise Gaffney, Partner, Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Group, Stoel Rives

New Development
Marie-Claude Dumas, Executive Vice President, Hydro, SNC-Lavalin

Policies and Regulations
Ann Miles, Director, Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Power Plant Portfolio Management/Operations and Maintenance
Lisa Grow, Senior Vice President, Power Generation, Idaho Power Company

Research and Technology
Leslie Eden, Principal, HCI Partners

These women were all nominated by their peers and were selected for this honor based on the tremendous influence and impact they have had on the larger hydropower industry.

The awards will be given at the Women with Hydro Vision Luncheon on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at HydroVision International in Portland, Ore. This luncheon is open to attendees, offering the opportunity to meet and recognize these ten special women who have made and/or are continuing to make significant contributions to the hydro industry by sharing their unique talents and vision.

For more information about the luncheon and to register for the event, click here.

Ocean Renewable Energy Conference X Co-Located with HydroVision

Tenth Annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference Co-Located with HydroVision International

Largest Gathering of Hydro Professionals Worldwide Happening in Portland, Oregon July 14-17, 2015

PORTLAND, Oregon, May 7, 2015 – The Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) today announces that its 10th annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference will be co-located this year with HydroVision International, the largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide. PacifiCorp (a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company) and Portland General Electric are the two official host utilities of the event and OWET is the official marine energy partner.

The event, one of the largest scheduled in the city of Portland this year, will take place July 14-17, 2015, at the Oregon Convention Center. Media and information industry leader, PennWell Corporation, owns and produces HydroVision International.

In addition to the economic leveraging effect of co-locating these two events, HydroVision International attendees will benefit from a deeper look at this emerging industry and its role in the future sustainability of hydro, while OWET conference attendees will have the opportunity to network with over 3,000 hydro professionals from throughout the world.

For ten years, the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference has provided its attendees a forum to share new ideas and concepts, hear from leading-edge practitioners and policy-makers, learn about new research, results, and thinking, and network with industry leaders from utilities, supply chain, investors, government, and academia. No conference does a better job of bridging national policies and regional implementation, with a real-world focus on accelerating project development.

According to Jason Busch, OWET executive director, “We were delighted when PennWell invited us to co-locate our 10th annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference with HydroVision International this year. HydroVision International is a very important event for the industry and Oregon economy. We look forward to marking this milestone year by lending our expertise to developing the HydroVision marine renewable energy track and offering our attendees enhanced networking and educational opportunities.”


About PennWell
PennWell Corporation is a diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries: oil and gas, electric power, renewable energy, water, electronics, semiconductor, contamination control, optoelectronics, fiber optics, enterprise storage, fire, emergency services and dental. Founded in 1910, PennWell publishes 75 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, web sites, research and database services. In addition to PennWell's headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; Houston, Texas; London, England; Fairlawn, New Jersey; Moscow, Russia; and Hong Kong, China. For additional information about PennWell, visit  For additional information about HydroVision International, visit


About Oregon Wave Energy Trust

Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership helping to responsibly develop ocean energy by connecting stakeholders, supporting research and development, and engaging in public outreach and policy work. With 300 miles of coastline characterized by powerful waves and steady winds, a robust electrical transmission system close to coastal communities, transportation and port infrastructure, experienced and established manufacturing and supply chain, supportive policies and leading research institutions, Oregon is uniquely positioned to be North America’s leader in ocean energy. With the growing need for new clean sources of energy and sustainable family-wage jobs, OWET’s goal is to responsibly develop the ocean energy industry and maximize its benefits for the environment and economy.

Media Contacts: Cassie Chitty, HydroVision International, 918-831-9597

Sources: Jason Busch, OWET, 503-729-2253


Hydropower: It's Not Just a Man's World

A glance around a hydropower industry conference, or a visit to a typical powerplant, quickly shows that hydro is a male-dominated field. I have no hard data as to why this is. I suspect it has to do with the facts that a "typical" woman might not put physically demanding work in a power facility at the top of her career aspiration list and women often still are guided into roles considered more suitable to their sex (nursing, anyone?).

Given this atmosphere, it is particularly impressive that even 30 or 40 years ago there were strong women blazing trails in the hydro industry. These first-of-their-kind women weren't deterred by chauvinistic attitudes, lack of accommodations, or even the dearth of strong female role models. They knew what they wanted and they went out and got it. And in so doing, they became the role models for the women coming after them.

By Elizabeth Ingram


What's New at HydroVision International

New" is a byword of the HydroVision International event. Every year we start from scratch to craft an event that satisfies the needs of the wide cross-section of the hydroelectric power industry, and 2014 may have more that's new than ever before.

By Elizabeth Ingram


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