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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016 // 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM & TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016 // 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM


• Waterpower Hydro Basics Course Only: US$545 • Twin Cities Hydro Plant Technical Tour: This 18 MW capacity plant
• Waterpower Hydro Basics Course plus Waterpower HydroVision technical tour is included in the course fee but registration is required
International Full Conference Registration: US$995 (a $400 saving!) (this tour is limited to the first 30 registrants).


If yes, you qualify for a discount on the price of the registration for this course. To learn more about the offer, get the discount and enroll in the Power
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Individuals new to hydro, both new hires and experienced professionals moving into hydro or those who want to expand their areas of expertise.

• Harnessing the Water • Turbine Basics • Day-to-Day Operations • International Regulatory Issues
• Natural Resource Stewardship • Hydro in a Power System • How Projects are Regulated • AND MORE!

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Co-located with: Organized By: Institute Supporter: Contact Amy Shinkle at
Day-to-Day Operations 1:50 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016 Session Leader: Andy Sheppard, Project Manager-Hydro Optimization, Southern Company
Welcome Coffee and Registration 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Instructor: Kenneth Odom, Senior Engineer, Southern Company
Gain an insider’s view of the critical on-the-ground perspective:
Introduction to Course 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. • Role of the Project Operator (includes safety, environmental, and maintenance)
Session Leader: Blake Rothfuss, Principal, Jacobs Associates, and Waterpower Hydro • Challenges, Including Compliance Requirements and Spill Requirements
Basics Course Chair • Discussion Q&A
• Welcome Twin Cities Hydro Plant Technical Tour 3:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Description of How Course Works
Hydro Overview 8:15 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.
Instructor: Blake Rothfuss, Principal, Jacobs Associates, and Waterpower Hydro Basics
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016
Course Chair Natural Resource Stewardship:
Attendees will build a solid foundation of hydro basics and facts: Instream Flows and Fish Passage 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
• What Nature Gives Us
• How Hydroelectric Power Is Captured Session Leader: Mike Sale, Executive Director, Low Impact Hydropower Institute
• Multiple Purpose Uses: Instructor: Stephen Amaral, Senior Fisheries Biologist, Alden Research Laboratory
Energy Irrigation Navigation • Multiple Uses of Rivers
Water Supply Recreation Flood Control • Trade-offs
• Environmental Considerations • Environmental Considerations
• New Technologies (Including, Ocean and In-Stream) Fish Water Quality
Dissolved Oxygen and Dissolved Gas Environmental/Ecological/Instream
You’ll also receive an introduction to the hydro industry, including: Temperature Flows
• Hydro Development and Potential • Discussion and Q&A
• Overview of Industry Players
• Current Issues Natural Resource Stewardship:
• Discussion Q&A Dam Effects on Water Quality 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Harnessing the Water 8:35 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Session Leader: Mike Sale, Executive Director, Low Impact Hydropower Institute
Instructor: Charles Padera, President, CEO, Kleinschmidt Associates
Session Leader: Ken Hostler, Executive Vice President, Hydro Consulting & • Characteristics of free-flowing river and lake ecosystems
Maintenance Services • Common water quality obligations and monitoring methods
Instructor: Paul Blaszcyk, Vice President, MWH • Mitigation strategies and techniques
• Hydraulic Design of a Project, including: • Discussion and Q&A
Dams (including brief description of Gates and Heavy Steel Structures
different types, e.g., rockfill, earthen, Penstocks, Tunnels, Canals How Projects Are Regulated in the U.S. 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
hydraulic fill, RCC) and Flumes
Session Leader: Mike Sale, Executive Director, Low Impact Hydropower Institute
Spillways and Outlet Works Approach and Tailrace Channels
Instructor: Emily Carter, Environmental Biologist, Division of Hydro Licensing, Federal Energy
• Discussion Q&A
Regulatory Commission
Turbine Basics 9:35 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. • National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
• Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Session Leader: Phil Hoover, President, H&M Engineering • U.S. Federal Projects
Instructor: Andrew Ware, PE, Senior Hydraulic Engineer, Weir American Hydro
• Discussion and Q&A
• Hydro Turbine Overview (Include a brief, basic discussion on which types of
turbines are optimal for certain flows and heads and on advanced designs for International Regulatory Issues 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
environmental improvements).
Session Leader: Mike Sale, Executive Director, Low Impact Hydropower Institute
Performance Curves
Instructor: Ken Adams, President, International Hydropower Association
• Understanding the big picture with regard to international regulatory issues
What’s New
• Discussion and Q&A
Electrical System Basics 10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Session Leader: Phil Hoover, President, H&M Engineering
Instructor: Kermit Paul, Consulting Mechanical Engineer Communicating Hydro’s Value 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
• Generators (Fixed Speed, Variable Speed and Emerging Technology) Session Leader: Blake Rothfuss, Principal, Jacobs Associates, and Waterpower Hydro
• Governors Basics Course Chair
• Controls Instructors: Randy Stearnes, Community Relations Officer, Tacoma Power and Robert Bauer,
• Excitation Public Education Specialist, Chelan County PUD.
• Balance of Plant • Sharing examples of successful communication of hydropower’s role and/or value with:
• Breakers School Children Media or Environmental Groups
• Transformers Communities Policy-makers
• Discussion Q&A • Discussion and Q&A
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN Course Wrap-up and Preview
Hydro in a Power System 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. to HydroVision International 2016 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Session Leader: Andy Sheppard, Project Manager-Hydro Optimization, Southern Company Session Leader: Blake Rothfuss, Lead Associate, Jacobs Associates, and Waterpower
Instructor: Francis Halpin, Power Operations Specialist, Bonneville Power Administration Hydro Basics Course Chair
Learn the nuts and bolts of hydropower production as compared to other types of generation, • Receive your course completion certificate
including steam (nuclear and fossil), combustion turbine, and wind. Explore how to: • Complete course evaluation
• Optimize the use of generation sources to meet normal system requirements • Informally dialogue with other course participants
• Take advantage of the capability of hydro units during abnormal system operations • Integrate Hydro Basics with upcoming Hydro Vision International program
(including black start and under- and over-frequency capabilities) Keynote Session for HydroVision International 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
• Adjust for changes to operating patterns brought about by integration of non-traditional
power sources Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall,
• Discussion Q&A HydroVision International 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.