2018 Annual Conference Presentations

The following files represent presentations provided at the 2018 NWHA Annual Conference.  Where available, click on a speaker's name to view or download a file of that speaker's presentation.

Wednesday, February 21


What is the crystal ball indicating for water resources in the Pacific NW?

Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist, University of Washington

The Record Breaking Winter of 2016-2017 and the Effects on Hydro in the West

Brad Spangler, Senior Manager, Generation, Snohomish PUD

Mark Leitschuh, Sr. Project Manager, Power Generation, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
John Leahigh, Water Operations Executive Mgr., State Water Project, California Department of Water Resources
Randy Bowersox, Manager, Hydropower Operations, Northern California Power Agency
Nicolas Von Gersdorff, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Southern California Edison

Dam Safety Impacts of 2017

Peter Martins, Dam Safety Manager, PacifiCorp
Doug Johnson, Regional Engineer, Dam Safety, FERC Portland Regional Office
Catrin Bryan, Project Engineer, Dam Safety, McMillen Jacobs Associates
Kim Pate, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Seattle City Light
Roger Raeburn, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, PacifiCorp


The Creative World of O&M Financing

Frances Brinkman, Senior Engineering Manager, Black & Veatch

Rick Dieker, Manager, Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District
Shane Richards, Senior Project Manager, Major Projects Electric, Puget Sound Energy
Todd Briggeman, Project Manager, Black & Veatch
Sean Flak, Project Manager, Portland General Electric


Managing the Future Energy Grid, Today

Mike Swiger, Partner, Van Ness Feldman

Michael Jones, Sr. Director, Power Generation Engineering & Projects, Pacific Gas & Electric
Abhishek Somani, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL)
Malcolm McLellan, Partner, Van Ness Feldman
Randall Hardy, Principal, Hardy Energy Consulting


Thursday,  February 22


  Alejandro Moreno, Director, Water Power Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)


Not in My Backyard: Managing invasive species as ranges expand, tools are developed and policies evolve

Kai Steimle, Fisheries Biologist, R2 Resources

Steven Phillips, Senior Program Manager, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Kris Stenshoel, Vegetation Program Coordinator, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Scott Heller, Senior Resource Scientist, Puget Sound Energy
Garth Wyatt, Westside Biological Services, Portland General Electric


Birds, Bugs, Bunnies and Bushes – A Walk on the Wild Side of Terrestrial Resource Management

Allison Murray, Terrestrial Supervisor, Idaho Power

Bret Forrester, Wildlife & Lands Manager, Tacoma Power
Jeff Boyce, Forest Ecologist, Meridian Environmental
Sarah Funk, Vegetation Ecologist, Idaho Power
Steve Albertelli, License Program Manager, Pacificorp


Seriously, they do that?

Scott Flake, Consultant, Scott Flake Consulting

Laith Amin, Senior Vice President, Digital, WorleyParsons
Brett Bauer, Vice President, Chief Engineer, Canyon Hydro
Michael Rogers, VP, & Global Practice Leader for Dams, Stantec
J. T. Steenkamp, Project Engineer, Global Solutions, Shell Energy North America
Timothy Welch, Hydropower Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy


Friday, February 23


Legal and Policy Landscape in Flux

Jason Morgan, Partner, Stoel Rives

Gregg Carrington, Managing Director, Energy Resourcing, Chelan County PUD
Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
Charles Sensiba, Partner, Van Ness Feldman
J. Nathanael Watson, Of Counsel, Stoel Rives


Energy Imbalance Market: Risk, Reward and Costs

Rick Miller, Sr. VP, Renewable Energy Services, HDR

Bryan Bradshaw, Manager, Analytics Resource Optimization, Chelan County PUD
Robert Cromwell, Power Supply & Strategic Planning, Seattle City Light
Kurt Miller, Organizational Change Manager, EIM Readiness Program, Portland General Electric
Richard Dillon, Director of Market Policy, Southwest Power Pool