Register by June 5 for pre-Waterpower XVI tour of 6,809-MW Grand Coulee

A limited number of tickets remain for a July 27, 2009, technical tour of the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee hydroelectric project, a pre-conference event of the Waterpower XVI conference, July 27-30 in Spokane. The Grand Coulee tour registration deadline is June 5.

Grand Coulee, the focus of one of three Waterpower technical tours, is operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on the Columbia River in Washington. It is the largest hydroelectric project in North America and features three powerhouses.

Conference attendees will benefit from insight into BuRec’s plans to overhaul six turbines in Grand Coulee’s Third power plant, which have been in service since the mid-1970s. The overhaul will involve work on the generators, turbines, shafts, and auxiliary equipment. (HydroWorld 3/23/09)

The Grand Coulee tour registration fee is $55, on top of registration fees for Waterpower XVI, the hydro industry technical conference. Registration discounts of up to $150 are available until June 30 for Waterpower XVI. (HydroWorld 2/26/09)

Pre-conference tour: 71-MW Long Lake

The registration deadline is June 22 for a second pre-conference technical tour, on July 28 to the 71-MW Long Lake hydro development, owned and operated by Avista Corp., a Washington utility. Long Lake, part of the 137.65-MW Spokane River project (No. 2545) in Washington, began operating in 1915. (HydroWorld 12/18/08)

Delegates on this tour will return to the Spokane Convention Center for lunch and a presentation on the history of Avista. The Long Lake tour registration fee is $85.

Post-conference tour: four plants on Spokane, Pend Oreille rivers

The registration deadline also is June 22 for the two-day post-conference technical tour, July 31-Aug.1, to four hydro projects on the Spokane and Pend Oreille rivers. That registration fee is $225.

The post-conference tour includes a trip July 31 to the 1,050-MW Boundary hydroelectric project on Washington’s Pend Oreille River. Project owner Seattle City Light spent nearly $90 million on rehabilitation between 1997 and 2006. Boundary (No. 2144) currently is undergoing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower relicensing.

The other stop on the July 31 portion of the tour is the 72-MW Box Canyon hydro project (No. 2042) on the Pend Oreille River in Washington. Owner Pend Oreille Public Utility District is conducting an extensive overhaul and upgrade that involves replacing the original turbine runners with “fish friendly” models, rewinding generators, replacing governors, upgrading excitation equipment, and adding turbine and equipment automation capabilities. (HydroWorld 7/17/07)

On Aug. 1, the post-conference trip becomes an informal walking tour of two more Avista Corp. hydro plants in the Spokane River project, in downtown Spokane. The 10-MW Upper Falls plant, in the heart of Spokane’s Riverfront Park and just minutes from the Spokane Convention Center, began operation in 1922. The 14.8-MW Monroe Street plant, Avista’s first hydroelectric development, began producing power in 1890.

Waterpower XVI registration discount until June 30

Registration discounts of up to $150 are available until June 30 for the Waterpower XVI conference and exhibition, July 27-30 in Spokane. By registering by June 30, delegates will save $150 off the standard registration fee of $785.

The Waterpower conference provides a unique learning opportunity for hydro professionals of every level, from industry novices seeking training to veterans seeking to expand and update their specific areas of interest. More than 1,400 delegates from 40 countries met for the previous Waterpower conference, Waterpower XV, in 2007 at Chattanooga, Tenn.

Waterpower XVI owner and organizer PennWell Corporation has launched a comprehensive Internet site for the conference, providing information and registration opportunities. The website,, offers quick links to the entire conference program, including listings of technical papers and agendas of special briefings, symposia, and roundtables.

The Internet site also lists suppliers of hydro industry goods and services who have reserved space for the exhibition. More than 250 exhibitors already have signed up for the event at the Spokane Convention Center.

Hydro Review magazine is the flagship media sponsor of Waterpower XVI.


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