2019 Hydro Licensing Negotiations Workshop

NHA and Gomez and Sullivan are bringing a hands-on training seminar specifically dealing with the challenges of FERC Licensing the day after the NHA / MHUG Midwest Regional Meeting. Join us in Minneapolis for these exciting events!



This is a two day hands-on training seminar in interest based negotiating specifically dealing with the challenges of FERC Licensing.  Participants will learn about various negotiation techniques as well as types of negotiators.  The concepts of interest based negotiations vs. positional bargaining will be explored in the context of the Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA).  Topics covered in short presentations will be reinforced with negotiation of a settlement based on a combination of previously settled FERC licensing cases.  Negotiator performance will be evaluated and feedback provided.  Course admission includes the reference book Getting to Yes by Fisher, Ury and Patton, which will be distributed to participants approximately two weeks before the course.


Licensees, agency personnel, and non-government organization personnel will all benefit from this course.  Due to the format of the course, registration will be limited to 13 attendees.


Thursday, October 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Negotiations Workshop

Friday, October 4
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Negotiations Workshop


NHA Member $975
Standard $1475


Deadline for Registration: September 12, 2019


Embassy Suites – Minneapolis Airport
7901 34th Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: 952.854.1000

NHA has negotiated a room rate of $159 plus tax that is valid until 9/9/19 or the block is full, whichever comes first. Please click here to make your reservation or call 952-854-1000 and mention NHA to receive this rate.



Thomas J. Sullivan, PE, Principal In Charge of Licensing, Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC

Tom has managed FERC Licensing Projects throughout the country. This experience has included projects ranging in size from less than 1 MW to 2,700 MW and has included both conventional and pumped storage projects. Tom has served as the lead negotiator, facilitator, and mediator for several licensing settlement agreements and has provided training to clients on negotiating processes and techniques.

John Suloway, Senior Regulatory Advisor, Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, DPC

John joined Gomez and Sullivan in 2016 as a Senior Energy Regulatory Advisor.  Prior to joining Gomez and Sullivan, John was the Vice President of Project Development and Licensing at the New York Power Authority.  Since 1980, he has managed the licensing and relicensing of hydro projects ranging in size from 3 MW to 2700 MW.   John has served as the lead negotiator for the development of several generation and transmission projects, the purchase of hydroelectric easements, and licensing settlement agreements.