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A significant concern about hydropower plants and dams revolves around environmental issues, including greenhouse gas emissions. Addressing environmental concerns and finding ways to minimize or mitigate impacts are vital to the continued success of this generating technology.

 

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Visit Carter Lake Hydro Plant and Estes Park Hydro Plant

Monday, July 15, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Offsite

Join our offsite experience to visit the 2.6-MW Robert V. Trout (Carter Lake) facility, owned by Northern Water, which began operating in 2011 with two Francis turbine-generator units. It is part of the Colorado-Big Thompson project, with six original hydropower plants owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and two added more recently by Northern Water. 

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Waterpower Hydro Basics - Hydro Overview

Monday, July 15, 2024 | 8:40 AM - 9:05 AM | Room 301

Learn more about all things Hydropower without Waterpower Hydro Basics Courses! Attendees will build a solid foundation on various topics and facts. 

You'll also receive an introduction to the hydro industry, including: 

  • Hydro Development and Potential 
  • Overview of Industry Players 
  • Current Issues 
  • Discussion and Q&A 

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8:40 AM
    • Waterpower Hydro Basics
    403
    Pre-registration for this event is required. This event includes an additional fee unless you have an All Access pass. Visit your registration resource center or reach out to info@hydroevent.com to re ...
9:30 AM
    • Technical Tour
    Offsite
    Pre-registration for this event is required. This event includes an additional fee unless you have an All Access pass. Visit your registration resource center or reach out to info@hydroevent.com to re ...
8:30 AM
    • Waterpower Hydro Basics
    403
    Pre-registration for this event is required. This event includes an additional fee unless you have an All Access pass. Visit your registration resource center or reach out to info@hydroevent.com to re ...
1:00 PM
    • Technical Tour
    Offsite
    Pre-registration for this event is required. This event includes an additional fee unless you have an All Access pass. Visit your registration resource center or reach out to info@hydroevent.com to re ...
10:15 AM
10:45 AM
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    301
    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 ...
1:00 PM
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    301
    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 ...
    • New Development
    303
    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 ...
1:45 PM
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    301
    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
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    301
    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, ...
3:15 PM
    • Industry Trends and Analysis
    302
    Microgrid deployment in remote communities often fails due to environmental challenges, inadequate community engagement, uncertain system ownership, limited local technical expertise, and financial is ...
9:00 AM
    • Mega Session
    404
    All badge holders are eligible to attend. Hydroelectric power globally is facing challenges with fuel supply in the form of droughts in some regions and flooding in others. Climate change-induced alte ...
10:15 AM
10:45 AM
    • New Development
    303
    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 ...
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    301
    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 ...
2:30 PM
    • Operations and Maintenance
    304
    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 ...
3:15 PM
    • Environmental Issues and Water Management
    301
    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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