Discussion offers opportunity to learn more about hydro project development at federal facilities

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With multiple pieces of hydropower-friendly legislation currently awaiting action in the U.S. Senate and a president committed to using renewables to lower America's carbon emissions, the addition of hydroelectric-generating components on existing federal facilities seems like a win-win for everyone.

Already, both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation are making concerted efforts to encourage hydropower improvements at their dams and water conveyance facilities, and Congress is working to streamline the process for even more growth.

Coupled with President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, hydroelectric development at existing federal facilities should become an emphasis as the nation looks to decrease energy emissions.

A panel of officials and executives will meet in Denver, Colo., later this month to discuss the issue.

Included are:

  • Jeremiah Maher, Senior Manager, Kleinschmidt Associates, United States
  • Carl Brouwer, Project Manager, Northern Water, United States
  • Michael Gabaldon, Director, Technical Bureau Resources, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior, United States
  • Kamau Sadiki, National Hydropower Business Line Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States

The session, called, "Development at Federal Facilities in the U.S.", is part of HydroVision International 2013's Policies and Regulations track.

The panel will discuss their approaches to development, how projects are impacted by Section 404 and 408 requirements, and how Reclamation's Lease of Power Privilege works.

"If the Senate does what the industry hopes it will in putting some of these recent bills on President Obama's desk, it opens a lot of doors developers will want to know about," said Marla Barnes, event director and publisher of PennWell’s Hydro Group. "This session will better you better understand the process of working with federal infrastructure."

The discussion begins at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, and is one of 73 being offered in HydroVision International 2013's educational slate that includes seven program tracks, three technical paper tracks and poster gallery.

HydroVision International 2013 is the world's largest event dedicated entirely to the hydropower industry. This year's conference and exhibition runs July 23-26 at Denver's Colorado Convention Center.

For more information, or to register as an attendee, visit HydroEvent.com.

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