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Four hand-selected, timely and relevant topical tracks designed to keep your experience organized and productive.

Environmental Issues and Water Management 

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Owners and operators of hydropower plants and dams face many issues regarding the environment and water management. This track will cover environmental issues, including climate change and fish passage and survival, as well as water management topics and trends, encompassing issues of concern when water is stored and moved from upstream to downstream past the facility.

Who Should Attend: Consultants, Environmental Specialists, Project Owners, Special Interest Group Representatives, Water Resources Attorneys, Water Resource/Watershed Managers

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10:45 AM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    This session will present information on a multi-timescale hydro model used to investigate the significance of updating the hydrological data during power system planning and operation studies. The st ...
11:30 AM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    Detailed, accurate rainfall-runoff analyses based on one- to two-week lead-time forecasts of precipitation are critical for quantifying the response of rivers and streams, threats to the public, and p ...
1:00 PM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    Inverter technology allows for variable flow through turbines while maintaining power generation, even during low river flow events. Typical generator schemes require constant generator speed to maint ...
1:45 PM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) uses several mitigation techniques to improve dissolved oxygen (DO) and water temperature of the released water through turbines. One of these techniques, describe ...
2:30 PM
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    75 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    Owners and developers of hydroelectric projects globally must ensure the social and environmental benefits of these facilities. In this session, panelists will discuss such issues as benefit sharing, ...
10:45 AM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    The Horse Creek Cove of Grand Lake in Oklahoma experiences toxic cyanobacteria blooms that negatively impact lake residents and operations of the Grand River Dam Authority. The surrounding watershed i ...
11:30 AM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    The authors developed a unified roadmap to achieve a data-driven approach that can provide the basis for future efforts in supporting national operational water management by providing needed informat ...
1:00 PM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    The recent failure of a dam in Libya, killing more than 10,000 people, highlights the need to rethink dam safety and potential life. A large dam will have a long life -- unless it fails. Few, if any, ...
1:45 PM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    Columbia River Basin hydropower is a vital element for the U.S. western power grid, with a high renewable share. Over-reliance on hydropower in the future power grid can have a negative impact on the ...
2:30 PM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the U.S. requires its licensees to apply the storm-screening protocol during Part 12 inspections or after a major storm event. This presentation will discus ...
3:15 PM
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    30 mins
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    The study unpacks the role of climate-induced droughts on the generation capabilities of hydropower infrastructure and alternative investment potential to enhance redundancy in the Southern African Po ...

 

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Industry Trends and Analysis 

Room 302

This track will cover trends in the global hydroelectric power industry and provide an analysis of how these trends affect the business of hydro generation. Sessions could cover such important topics as artificial intelligence, financial issues, digitalization, policies and regulations, and rehabilitation and upgrade work.

Who Should Attend: Attorneys, Business Development Specialists, Consultants, Equipment Manufacturers/Suppliers, Financiers/Lenders/Insurers, Generation Managers, Hydroelectric Department Managers (Engineering, Communications, Finance and Human Resources), Managers of Hydroelectric Assets, Project Managers

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10:45 AM
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    75 mins
    • Industry Trends and Analysis
    Hydropower and pumped storage play important roles in a power grid with a high renewable share. Future power grid scenario studies explore hydropower's role and the uncertainty of new development. Mea ...
1:00 PM
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    75 mins
    • Industry Trends and Analysis
    Hydropower project developments face a myriad of challenges that can significantly impact their implementation. On the regulatory front, navigating a web of permits, approvals, and compliance requirem ...
2:30 PM
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    30 mins
    • Industry Trends and Analysis
    In this presentation, the speaker will present different electrical issues or troubleshooting problems to the audience to see how they would have fixed/repaired a problem. The speaker will provide the ...
3:15 PM
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    30 mins
    • Industry Trends and Analysis
    Microgrid deployment in remote communities often fails due to environmental challenges, inadequate community engagement, uncertain system ownership, limited local technical expertise, and financial is ...
10:45 AM
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    75 mins
    • Industry Trends and Analysis
    Engaging the future hydropower workforce comes with challenges that look different than the challenges of the past. Understanding these challenges is critical for the industry to be successful. It is ...
1:00 PM
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    30 mins
    • Industry Trends and Analysis
    For any business, being connected to the public is vital for communication, sales, growth, job recruitment, and support. The hydro industry is in need of a public relations recharge. As energy users c ...
1:45 PM
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    30 mins
    • Industry Trends and Analysis
    The rise of renewable energy sources forces hydropower plants to change often, wearing out important parts faster. To keep these plants safe and dependable, we need models that track and predict essen ...
2:30 PM
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    75 mins
    • Industry Trends and Analysis
    The U.S. hydro industry is using dam safety risk analysis and dam safety risk-informed decision-making, prompted by new regulations of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Dam safety risk, ...

 

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New Development 

Room 303

Globally, the trends in new hydropower development vary considerably. This track will address those trends as they vary by region and country and will cover topics related to new greenfield development, pumped storage activity, small hydropower, new generation at non-powered dams, and even add-on generation at existing hydro sites.

Who Should Attend: Business Development Specialists, Consultants, Equipment Manufacturers/Suppliers, Financiers/Lenders/Insurers, Project Developers, Project Owners

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10:45 AM
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    75 mins
    • New Development
    This session will be devoted to the financial requirements necessary for the closing of a pumped storage project. A variety of elements are needed to financially close. The developer needs a power pur ...
1:00 PM
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    75 mins
    • New Development
    Advancing pumped storage projects requires sound and suitable technical and environmental plans. Because of the long timeframes and amount of money required, developers must be on their game regarding ...
2:30 PM
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    75 mins
    • New Development
    This technical session will provide case studies of hydro development related to several technical aspects, including cofferdams, powerhouses, water conveyances, and equipment (turbine, generator, con ...
10:45 AM
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    75 mins
    • New Development
    The apportionment of equity in hydroelectric development depends on many factors, but it is important to understand how equity is distributed. Projects must have a satisfactory return on investment to ...
1:00 PM
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    75 mins
    • New Development
    Hydroelectric projects are being developed worldwide, much more in other regions than in the U.S. This session will provide an overview of these development projects, lessons learned, challenges, and ...
2:30 PM
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    75 mins
    • New Development
    How do conventional and small hydro development fit in the new world? This session will discuss whether or not these projects can be financed and technology improvements. Experts will also discuss whe ...

 

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Operations and Maintenance 

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Proper tools and techniques for operating, maintaining, and managing existing hydroelectric facilities are vital to the ongoing success of the industry. As equipment ages and the way these generating assets are operated and dispatched changes at a rapid pace, O&M personnel must stay abreast of the latest and best practices.

Who Should Attend: Consultants, Equipment Manufacturers/Suppliers, Maintenance Supervisors, O&M Personnel, Operations Supervisors, Plant Managers and Superintendents, Project Managers, Safety Specialists, Service Contractors

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10:45 AM
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    75 mins
    • Operations and Maintenance
    In this discussion, panel members will provide strategies for improved productivity, enhanced safety, and lower cost. The session will review: Improved productivity: Routine maintenance minimizes equi ...
1:00 PM
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    30 mins
    • Operations and Maintenance
    Hydro plant reliability is the fundamental most important attribute required by all water delivery owners. One of the most significant contriutions to hydro plant reliabilty is the rewind of generator ...
2:30 PM
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    75 mins
    • Operations and Maintenance
    In this session, attendees will learn how hydropower producers are recognizing and responding to a variety of threats that can make continued reliable operations and maintenance a challenge. Panelists ...
10:45 AM
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    75 mins
    • Operations and Maintenance
    This is a panel discussion on the future of asset management. This panel brings together leading practitioners and industry experts to explore current trends and thinking around the future of investin ...
1:00 PM
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    30 mins
    • Operations and Maintenance
    Manitoba Hydro's Keeyask Generating Station was recently placed in commercial service (2022). A huge island of peat was noted approaching the dam, and efforts were made to remove the island by boat. T ...
1:45 PM
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    • Operations and Maintenance
    This presentation delves into best practices and recent innovations in temperature measurement technology from a field installation/operations perspective. A vast majority of the temperature measureme ...
2:30 PM
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    • Operations and Maintenance
    Bearings and seals are essential pieces of equipment in hydropower facilities, and their importance cannot be overlooked as plant owners seek to ensure compliance with environmental best practices, pa ...

 

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