Clean Currents 2022

NHA Hydraulic Power Committee (HPC) Forum

This special forum – hosted by the National Hydropower Association’s Hydraulic Power Committee (HPC) – is open to any employee of an NHA member organization.

Wonder if your organization is a member? Use the online NHA Member Organization Directory to find out: See the full NHA Member Directory here.

Highlights of the Forum
— Update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Division of Dam Safety and Inspections
Guest Speaker: Frank Blackett, Regional Engineer, FERC’s San Francisco Office

— Insights to U.S. Department of Energy Infrastructure Grants for Existing Facilities
Guest Speaker: Tim Welch, Hydropower Incentives Program Manager, Grid Deployment Office, and Hydropower Program Manager (Acting), Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

— Big Takeaways from Annual Safety Survey
Guest Speaker: Jim Miller, Technical Contractor, National Hydropower Association
NHA’s Hydraulic Power Committee works with the Electric Utility Cost Group (EUCG)’s Hydroelectric Productivity Committee to conduct an annual Safety Survey of the hydro industry. NHA has worked with the EUCG on this annual survey since 2007.

What Is the Hydraulic Power Committee?

NHA’s Hydraulic Power Committee (HPC) provides opportunities for anyone employed by an NHA member organization to exchange lessons learned, ask questions, and learn new insights on the topics of operations and maintenance, worker safety, dams/dam safety, engineering, and environmental sciences.

These exchanges happen at in-person forums (like this one), in virtual members-only webinars, and through the members-only Operational Excellence (OpEx) database. OpEx is the ONLY event reporting program and database in the hydropower industry. It’s exclusively accessible to any employee of an NHA member organization.

Presenter Information

Thomas Fitzgerald

Thomas Fitzgerald
Principal, Schnabel Engineering
NHA Hydraulic Power Committee Chair
Emcee


Ellen Faulkner

Ellen Faulkner
Co-Chair, Dam Safety, NHA Hydraulic Power Committee, and Senior Project Manager
Ayres Associates
Facilitator


Frank Blackett

Frank Blackett
Regional Engineer, San Francisco Regional Office, Division of Dam Safety and Inspections
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Speaker


Chris Mattson

Chris Mattson
Generation Manager
Tacoma Power
Facilitator


Timothy Welch

Timothy Welch
Hydropower Incentives Program Manager, Grid Deployment Office, and Acting Hydropower Program Manager, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Speaker


Raymond Chow

Raymond Chow
Operational Excellence Leader
Duke Energy Corporation
Facilitator


Jim Miller

Jim Miller
Technical Contractor
National Hydropower Association (NHA)
Speaker