HydroVision International 2013: A Must-Attend Event for Hydro

Why should you attend HydroVision International 2013? It provides the tools you need to do your job better, all under one roof: the opportunity to attend organization meetings, tour hydro facilities, participate in specialized workshops, hear presentations from high-level speakers, connect with hydro professionals from throughout the world and much more.

By Elizabeth Ingram

HydroVision International 2013 offers a week’s worth of valuable activities for everyone in the hydropower industry, all under one roof. This largest hydropower industry event in the world goes far beyond simply the conference content, although the breadth and depth of the educational component is unparalleled in the hydropower market.

To kick off the week in style, HydroVision International offers two full days of association and organization meetings, co-located workshops, educational seminars, technical tours of operating hydro facilities and a federal research center, and a golf tournament. In addition, the event offers numerous networking opportunities, including receptions and a party.

If you haven’t already registered to attend HydroVision International 2013, do it today! If you need more details, you can get a comprehensive view of the event by visiting the website at www.hydroevent.com.

Association and organization meetings

Eight meetings of associations and organizations affiliated with the hydroelectric industry are being held Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and 23. These are:

– American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Hydro Power Technical Committee Annual Meeting;

– Canadian Hydropower Association Board of Directors Meeting;

– Hydro Research Foundation Board Meeting;

– National Hydropower Association Board of Directors and Membership Meeting and Lunch;

– Northwest Hydroelectric Association Board of Directors Meeting;

– U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydropower Community of Practice Meeting; and

– U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee 4 Meeting.

Technical tours

On Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23, organizers of HydroVision International are offering four technical tours.

The first is the Powerful Small Hydro tour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. This tour takes attendees to three small plants:

– 2.6-MW Robert V. Trout owned by Northern Water and commissioned in 2012 at Carter Lake Reservoir, owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the first project to utilize Reclamation’s Lease of Power Privilege process in the Great Plains region;

– 7.6-MW Gross owned by Denver Water and commissioned in 2007 at the Gross Reservoir, which stores raw water from the headwaters of the company’s northern water collection system; and

– 5-MW Boulder Canyon owned by the city of Boulder and commissioned in 1910, which was the highest-head hydro project west of the Mississippi at the time of completion.

Another Monday tour, Essential Hydro, runs from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Delegates will tour the 2-MW Hillcrest plant owned by Denver Water, which began operation in June 1993. The power produced is partially used to offset load required by the associated pumping station at the site, while the excess is sold to Xcel Energy. This tour is perfect for those new to hydro who want a quick look at an operating facility or for hydro professionals who want to learn more about incorporating hydroelectric power into water supply systems.

Tuesday offers two technical tour options.

One is the True Originals tour of Xcel Energy’s 324-MW Cabin Creek pumped storage and 1.4-MW Georgetown plants. Cabin Creek construction began in 1964 and was completed in 1967. The following year, the Edison Electric Institute presented Xcel Energy’s predecessor company with an Edison Award in recognition of the plant’s unique pumped-storage technology. The Georgetown plant began operating in 1906 and is normally operated as run-of-river operating at less than full capacity, except for three months at full capacity with excess water spilling over the forebay dam. The operating powerhouse doubles as a public museum, the Georgetown Energy Museum. This tour will run 8:30 am to 2 pm.

The other is the Hydro’s Workshop tour featuring the Technical Service Center operated by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. Since 1930, this center has been used to conduct research and test scale models of hydraulic structures and equipment critical to the development of western water projects. Attendees will visit the materials, hydraulics modeling, fisheries, and zebra and quagga mussels labs. This tour is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Technical Service Center operated by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation is the location for one of the four technical tours being offered during HydroVision International 2013.
The Technical Service Center operated by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation is the location for one of the four technical tours being offered during HydroVision International 2013.

Workshops and seminars

Each of the five workshops and seminars being offered at HydroVision International requires separate registration at www.hydroevent.com.

Back by popular demand is the Waterpower Hydro Basics Course, a two-day course intended to benefit individuals new to hydro, both new hires and experienced professionals moving into hydro. The course will take place on Monday, July 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. It is also useful for attendees who want to expand their areas of experience.

Highly qualified faculty representing consulting companies, utilities, federal power producers and regulatory agencies present interesting, insightful lectures on all aspects of hydro, including: harnessing the water, equipment basics, day-to-day operations, how projects are regulated, and more. There is a $545 fee for this course, or attendees can register for both the course and HydroVision International for $995. In addition, an optional evening tour of Denver Water’s 2-MW Hillcrest facility is offered Monday, July 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Electric Power Research Institute is organizing EPRI Water Power Research Program Review – R&D Status and Needs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. This two-part session will review the status and results of EPRI’s new, ongoing and recently completed waterpower research, as well as potential future research. Topics to be covered include the ancillary benefits of hydropower, the Alden fish-friendly turbine, impacts of flexible operations on equipment, concrete inspection and more. There is no charge to attend.

The Hydro Research Foundation is organizing a Fellows Research Updates and Findings seminar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The foundation supports the Hydro Fellows, early career researchers who have been awarded support for applied research in hydropower. This seminar features findings, updates and introductions of cutting-edge research topics from masters and doctoral researchers from throughout the U.S. The fellows are studying a wide range of fields, including efficiency, optimization, environmental mitigation, lubricant development and aeration. There is no charge to attend this seminar, and who knows, you may find your next hire!

Iris Power is presenting a Hydrogenerator Stator Winding maintenance course from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, intended to provide plant and engineering personnel the important design features of hydrogenerator rotor and stator windings that can affect maintenance and winding life. The course will cover electrical, mechanical and thermal design of windings; main failure mechanisms of windings; the importance of insulation in determining maintenance and life; and more. There is a $200 fee for this course, and attendance is limited to the first 40 registrants.

VibroSystM is offering a Machine Condition Monitoring course on Monday, July 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. that presents an array of issues related to the monitoring of large rotating machines and covers the benefits of monitoring air gap, shaft vibration, magnetic flux, rotor pole and joint temperature, and blade tip clearance. Case studies will be presented, as well as an introduction on how utility personnel can get the most out of the monitoring of their generators. There is a $300 fee for this course, and registration will be limited to the first 55 registrants.

Golf tournament

This tournament is being held Tuesday, July 23 from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. The Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton, Colo., is an 18-hole, par 70 course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and is one of the top 10 most photographed golf courses in the world. The fee for the tournament is $125 per person and includes transportation, golf, breakfast and lunch. If you don’t have a pairing, you can fill out a form and we will pair you with other players.

Presentations from high-level speakers

Both the opening keynote address and closing luncheon at HydroVision International provide opportunities to hear insights from high-level speakers, including Representative Diana DeGette, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, MWH Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alan Krause and former Senator Gary Hart.

Representative DeGette will provide a videotaped keynote address, as she cannot leave Washington, D.C., due to voting responsibilities. But, she is excited about the hydropower industry and wants to share that enthusiasm with HydroVision International attendees. DeGette and Rep. Cathy McMorris Ridgers reintroduced the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 to the 113th Congress in mid-January.

This legislation is a bipartisan policy designed to promote growth of mini hydro and in-conduit projects by streamlining the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permitting process for low-impact proposals. Most recently, the act received a unanimous vote of approval before the U.S. House of Representatives in mid-February. It now must pass the Senate and receive presidential approval.

Hickenlooper, another keynote speaker, calls himself a recovering geologist who once owned a brewpub and was goaded into running for mayor of Denver in 2003. He becam governor of Colorado in 2011, and he and his team at the state Capitol are working hard to promote an all-of-the-above energy policy that balances pursuit of Colorado’s abundance of natural resources with preserving the natural beauty that attracts so many people to the state.

Krause will share his insight gained from decades of experience working in the global hydropower industry. Under his leadership, MWH Global has increased its presence to more than 30 countries on six continents, with a focus on developing hydroelectric resources in a responsible manner. “Hydropower provides a clean, renewable energy source, while also providing lasting social-economic benefits,” he says.

During the address, Krause will share his views about emerging ideas, themes, trends and approaches in new project development throughout the world; hydro-related business risks, rewards, changes and outlook; specific roles that politics and technology advances play in making hydro viable; the future role of ocean/tidal/stream power technology; and his “vision” for hydro’s future.

And before you make your travel plans, you should know about Hart’s presentation during the closing luncheon and awards ceremony, so you can plan to stay. The luncheon is on Friday, July 24, from 12 to 2 p.m. Hart, a U.S. presidential hopeful in 1984 and 1988, is now an author and recently completed a fictionalized account of the controversy surrounding development of the Animas-LaPlata water project in Colorado.

In addition, the closing luncheon will feature a variety of award presentations. These include the 2013 inductees into the Hydro Hall of Fame. These plants are recognized for their long-lasting service (they must operate continuously for 100 years or more), as well as the attributes that make them unique. Other awards presented include the Attendees Choice Awards for the best panel presentation each day and the Best Technical Papers Awards. The American Society of Civil Engineers also plans to present several awards during the closing luncheon.

Conference sessions

HydroVision International gives attendees a wide variety of educational options during the conference sessions. A total of 11 concurrent conference tracks are divided into topic-specific panel presentation sessions, technical paper sessions and poster galleries. Panel presentations are offered in the areas of asset management, civil works and dam safety, new development, ocean/tidal/stream power, operations and maintenance, policies and regulations, and water resources.

For specific session names and times, visit www.hydroevent.com and click on the conference tab.

Networking opportunities

As always, HydroVision International offers a variety of great networking opportunities. These kick off with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the exhibit hall on Tuesday, July 23, immediately following the opening keynote session. Another reception will be held Wednesday, July 24 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the exhibit hall.

Thursday night is the big networking event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Rocky Mountain Hydro Party will feature live music and entertainment, as well as food and drink, in a relaxed social atmosphere.

Tickets for all the networking events are included in full conference registration packages.

As you can see, HydroVision International is a great event that can meet all of your educational and networking needs under one roof. Visit www.hydroevent.com to register today!

Elizabeth Ingram is senior editor of Hydro Review and conference committee chair for HydroVision International.

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