Clean Currents 2023

D1: Domestic Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Understanding the domestic hydropower manufacturing and supply chain is critical to project planning, budgeting, and scheduling.

This facilitated discussion will be aimed at understanding user experiences with the supply chain. Representatives of manufacturers, consulting/design firms, and owners/operators (both public and privately owned) are encouraged to participate.

Topics of discussion will include:
— Gaps in domestic capabilities
— Impacts to procurements and schedules
— Impacts to quality and cost control

Come to the discussion ready to share examples of successes within the supply chain, including the use of recent incentives, workarounds that have been employed successfully, and methods with anticipating scope, schedule, and budget with your upgrade projects.

The Hydropower Supply Chain Deep Dive Assessment, published by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2021, highlighted risk items within the supply chain when it comes to domestic content and economic considerations.
This effort is being followed up with a DOE-led Supply Chain Assessment to define the demand signal and to recommend policies and actions to secure a reliable hydropower supply chain.

Presenter Information

Kyle DeSomber

Kyle DeSomber
Mechanical Engineer, Water Power Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy

Rick Laubach

Rick Laubach
Mechanical Engineer, Hydroelectrical Design Center (HDC)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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