Our next HYDRO+ sessions: Training on plant rehabilitation and emergency action plans

The next sessions in our ongoing free monthly virtual training program take place Jan. 26 and 27 and cover the topics of rehabilitating existing hydropower and emergency action planning for dam safety.

Hydro Review and HYDROVISION International are hosting these two HYDRO+ webcasts.

The live, complimentary HYDRO+ monthly series of virtual events brings together the hydro community through live content, match-making, networking and an engaging virtual experience for those looking for perspective and discussion on current and future issues affecting the hydroelectric power and dams markets.

The two sessions scheduled for January are:

New Development: Increasing Value during Refurbishment, Jan. 26, 2021, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST

Significant new generation can be achieved worldwide by rehabilitating and uprating existing, aging hydro plants. In Canada, with the phase-out of coal-fired electricity legislated by 2030 and a national commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the existing hydropower fleet of nearly 85,000 MW must be optimized to contribute maximally to power system supply adequacy, reliability and resilience.  At the same time, more frequent extreme weather events are influencing investment decisions. During this session, representatives from several Canadian hydropower producers who are planning for significant refurbishments in the years ahead will share their experiences, best practices and lessons learned.


  • Patrick Bateman, interim president, Waterpower Canada (moderator)
  • Mathieu Bolullo, senior director, generation and maintenance, Hydro-Québec Production
  • Alison Bradley, director asset and project management, Ontario Power Generation

Civil Works & Dam Safety: Real Life Simulation of Emergency Action Plans, Jan. 27, 2021, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST

This session will begin with a presentation on what happened when the emergency action plan was activated at Oroville Dam, including feedback from evacuees. How accurate are the assumptions we make in the emergency action plans on decisions, implementation and effectiveness? How would this work for our time-sensitive EAPs? After the presentation, there will be a panel discussion on EAPs.


  • Paul Norris, president, Ontario Waterpower Association (moderator)
  • Frank Blackett, PE, regional engineer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Dennis Mileti, professor emeritus, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jason Needham, consequence specialist, Risk Management Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Click here to register for the January HYDRO+ series. Once registered (or if you registered previously), view the Event Agenda to learn more about these sessions. To add them to your personal schedule and receive reminders about the sessions before they begin, select the calendar icon and click “Add To My Schedule.”

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