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Tradeshow + Conference: October 20-22 | Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA


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.

Roundtable Dialogues

(in Rooms 1 & 2)

Classroom Presentations

(in Rooms 3 & 4)

Panel Discussions

(in Room 5)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Print Schedule

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

Print Schedule
Plenary Sessions
Room 1
Roundtable Dialogues
Room 2
Roundtable Dialogues
Room 3
Classroom Presentations
Room 4
Classroom Presentations
Room 5
Panel Discussions
Waterpower Intelligence Theatre
9:00 AM-10:30 AMDay 2 Plenary Session: Leadership: Waterpower and Clean Energy, Infrastructure, and Jobs
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 at Hydro Projects: Applying Lessons from Incidents and Failures
Enhancing Flexibility of Hydro Assets: Putting Technology to Work
EVs, Hydrogen, Floating Solar, Bitcoin, Blockchain: What Do They All Have in Common with Waterpower?
Available for 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 PMNuSTREEM sponsored content: Modern Innovations in a Classic Technology -What can Modular and Intelligent Hydropower Equipment Do?
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
Focus on Communities: Waterpower's Unique Role in Ensuring Equitable Access to Clean Energy
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

Day 3 Plenary Session, 9:00 am-10:00 am

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.


(Friday Morning)

Print Schedule
AuditoriumDay 3 Plenary Session: Investing in Waterpower
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Room #Workshop Hours, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
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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