The organizers of HydroVision International 2014 are pleased to announce that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick will participate as a keynote speaker at the upcoming conference and exhibition in Nashville, Tenn.
Bostick was named the 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 2012, and serves as the senior military officer overseeing most of the nation's civil works infrastructure and military construction.
As the USACE's Commanding General, Bostick oversees more than 37,000 civilian employees and 600 military personnel who provide project management and construction support to 250 Army and Air Force installations in more than 100 countries around the world.
Closer to home, Bostick is responsible for the Corps' environmental protection projects, regulatory permit programs, and emergency response mission to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"We are excited to have Lt. Gen. Bostick addressing attendees at HydroVision International 2014 as a keynote speaker," said Elizabeth Ingram, conference committee chair for HydroVision International. "So much of what the Corps is doing with regard to hydropower aligns closely with the educational content of HydroVision International, so it will be a great fit to have Lt. Gen. Bostick help kick off this event and provide information to attendees on the Corps' efforts with and focus on hydroelectric power."
USACE is the largest owner and operator of hydroelectric projects in the United States, and one of the largest in the world.
The Corps' hydropower portfolio includes 75 plants that have a cumulative output capacity of 20,747 MW, which equates to nearly a third of the nation's total hydroelectric output.
The Corps' Nashville District is one of USACE's largest producers of hydropower, with 914 MW of capacity from nine plants in the Cumberland River basin. Three of these facilities -- the 130-MW Barkley, 100-MW Old Hickory and 135- MW Center Hill -- will be highlighted during HydroVision International 2014 technical tours.
In addition to its own facilities, the Corps is also actively working with more than 65 non-federal partners to advance the development of hydropower at its non-powered dams. The partnership process will be featured during a planned panel presentation, titled "The Corps of Engineers' 408 Process: Public-Private Partnerships in the U.S."
"With everything the Corps is doing both in the Nashville-area and across the United States, we're excited to learn from Lt. Gen. Bostick's years of experience," said Marla Barnes, Publisher of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines.
HydroVision International, now in its 20th year, is the world's largest hydro event. This year's conference and exhibition takes place July 22-25 at Nashville's Music City Center.
For more information about HydroVision International 2014, visit HydroEvent.com.