Sessions and Workshops Guide - Clean Currents 2021
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Sessions and Workshops Guide

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The industry volunteers of Clean Currents’ topic-based working groups steer the development of our program to ensure the industry’s most vital topics continue to rise to the surface. Topics are being developed for both technical- and business-focused professionals involved with waterpower. Below you will find the current session overviews and our schedule. More in-depth session descriptions will be provided at a later date. Have a question or comment about our program? Email Clean Currents program lead Marla Barnes.

Clean Currents will offer 16.5 hours of educational content. Click to request a Professional Development Hours (PDH) Certificate.

See what Herbie Johnson, General Manager of Southern Company, has to say about the importance of Clean Currents.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

All conference sessions take place in CC: Central. The 1-hour sessions take place in the session rooms on the far left and right sides of the exhibits. The 45-minute sessions take place at the top of CC: Central in the Waterpower Intelligence Theater.

CC: Central encompasses:

  • Exhibits
  • Conference Sessions
  • Food & Beverage 
  • Intelligence Theater 
  • Innovation Power House 
  • Lounge 
  • Relaxation Stations

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Room 1
Roundtable Dialogues
Room 2
Roundtable Dialogues
Room 3
Classroom Presentations
Room 4
Classroom Presentations
Room 5
Panel Discussions
Waterpower Intelligence Theatre
11:00 am-12:00 pm16.
Ensuring Worker Safety: Sharing Ideas and Lessons Learned
Electrical Engineering Experience Exchange: Sharing Trends, Hot Topics, Advances
Dam Safety: Learning from Failures and Incidents
Enhancing Flexibility of Hydro Assets: Putting Technology to Work
EVs, Hydrogen, Floating Solar, Bitcoin, Blockchain: What Do They All Have in Common with Waterpower?
NuSTREEM sponsored content
12:00 pm-12:45 pmAsset Owners Share Plans for Hydro Investment***
1:00 pm-2:00 pm21.
Civil Engineering Experience Exchange: Sharing Trends, Hot Topics, Advances
Practical Tips and Tricks for Getting More out of an Existing Plant without Capital Outlay for an Upgrade
Pumped Storage: Articulating Value, Applying Global Lessons Learned
Data in the Transformation to Digital: Case Studies of How to Best Use Data
Seeking Consultation and Input from Tribes
Available for Sponsored Content
2:00 pm-2:45 pmAvailable for Sponsored Content
3:00 pm-3:45 pmThink Tank Team Pitches
4:00 pm-5:00 pm26.
Hydro Hot Topics: Sharing among Asset Operators exclusively for hydro project owners/operators
Community-Driven Solutions: Why It Matters in Technology Development, Operations, Recreation, and Shoreline Management
Project Spotlights: 4 Waterpower Projects Making Significant Contributions
Battery Storage and Hydro: Pairing? Competing? Something in Between?
The 3 “Rs”: Rehabilitate, Retrofit, Remove: Perspectives from Engineering, Construction, Environmental Protection, and Public Involvement

All conference sessions take place in CC: Central. The 1-hour sessions take place in the session rooms on the far left and right sides of the exhibits. The 45-minute sessions take place at the top of CC: Central in the Waterpower Intelligence Theater.

***About “Asset Owners Share Plans for Hydro Investment” Sessions:

  • Hydro project owner representatives make short presentations about what’s in their organization’s “investment pipeline,” with regard to what their plans are for investing in plant modernization, dam safety, and environmental enhancements in the next five years.
  • They will also announce a specific time when their team members will be present in the Innovation Power House for any Clean Currents attendee to ask specific questions and get more details.

CC: Central encompasses:

  • Exhibits
  • Conference Sessions
  • Food & Beverage 
  • Intelligence Theater 
  • Innovation Power House 
  • Lounge 
  • Relaxation Stations

Friday, October 22, 2021

Deep Dive Workshops, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

These workshops will feature unique, hands-on experiences for attendees, featuring high-quality information with top-notch presenters/instructors.

These offerings will include material not being offered anywhere else in the marketplace.

Topic offerings subject to change.

Room 1Workshop 1:
DEI (Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion)

How to move from an “initiative” to “day-to-day part of doing business”
Room 2Workshop 2:
Communication Techniques
How to effectively communicate to various constituencies (media, policy makers, rate payers, etc.) the proven value that waterpower – in its various forms – brings to the overall electric industry as the shift to clean energy takes place.
Room 3Workshop 3:
Study Implementation Best Practices
What are the “best practices” for implementation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-related relicensing studies, from the perspectives of resource agencies, tribes, non-governmental associations, and the FERC.
Room 4Workshop 4:
Learn from the ‘Old Dogs’
This workshop provides seasoned hydro operations and field service people a platform to share their “stories”. Senior and retired field erectors will share their on-the-ground “war” stories and answer questions from participants.
Room 5Workshop 5:
Waterpower Innovation Council Forum
This forum is organized by the National Hydropower Association’s Waterpower Innovation Council.
Room 6Workshop 6:
Hydro Ambassador Training
How to use available materials and get them into the hands of school teachers, staff of elected officials, etc.
Room 7Workshop 7:
Flexibility of Hydro Operations: A New Job Description for Hydro?
Managing the Effects?
Room 8Workshop 8:
Ensuring Public Safety around Dams
Programs in place and are working effectively throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Room 9Workshop 9:
Understanding Resource Agencies’ Responsibilities
Each resource agency shares insight about:
• What the is responsible for
• What to expect when interfacing with the agency
• Tools used for making decisions
• How to best work with the agency
Room 10Workshop 10:
Quantifying the Magnitude and Timing of Changes in Water-Powered Systems due to Climate Change
The impact of climate change on hydropower and water flows, both in magnitude and timing, is not well understood or reflected in energy system planning, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This workshop gives insight and understanding regarding this impact and provides opportunity for deciding what needs to happen next.
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Alabama Power
American Electric Power - Generator
American Municipal Power
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. - Generator
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Generator
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group - Generator
Bureau of Relamation - Generator
Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District - Generator
Central Rivers Power - Generator
Chelan County PUD - Generator
City of Aspen - Generator
Consumers Energy Company - Generator
Cordova Electric Cooperative - Generator
Duke Energy Corporation - Generator
Eagle Creek Renewable - Generator
Exelon Corporation - Generator
Georgia Power - Generator
Grant County PUD - Generator
Great River Hydro
Hydro Quebec - Generator
Idaho Power Company - Generator
Kaukauna Utilities - Generator
Minnesota Power - Generator
Missouri River Energy Services - Generator
northbrook energy
Northwestern Energy - Generator
Pacific Gas & Electric Company - Generator
PacifiCorp Energy - Generator
Santee Cooper - Generator
Seattle City Light - Generator
Southern Company
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Generator
Yuba County Water Agency - Generator
Advanced Hydro Solutions
AECOM - Industry Leader
American Hydro Corporation - Industry Leader
Ames Construction
ANDRITZ - Industry Leader
Ballard Marine - Industry Leader
Barnard - Industry Leader
Black & Veatch Corporation - Industry Leader
Eaton - Industry Leader
Emerson - Industry Leader
GE Renewable Energy - Industry Leader
Gilkes Hydro - Industry Leader
Gomez Sullivan - Industry Leader
HCMS - Industry Leader
HDR - Industry Leader
Kleinschmidt Associates - Industry Leader
Mavel Americas
McMillen Jacobs Associates - Industry Leader
Mead and Hunt - Industry Leader
Mesa Associates Inc - Industry Leader
National Electric Coil - Industry Leader
SNC Lavalin - Industry Leader
Stantec - Industry Leader
Steel Fab - Industry Leader
Syblon Reid - Industry Leader
TRC - Industry Leader
Troutman Sanders
Van Ness Feldman LLP - Industry Leader
Victaulic Company - Industry Leader
Voith Hydro


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