Hydraulic Power Month Webcast Series

October 7th - October 28th Virtual


Hydraulic Power Month

A series of Virtual Lunch-and-Learns

Each Wednesday at 11:00 AM ET during October 2020, NHA and its Hydraulic Power Committee (HPC), in partnership with the Midwest Hydro Users Group (MHUG), is offering an informative webcast, specifically focused on the needs of hydro project owners/operators as well as suppliers of products and services.

Each of the 4 webcasts are tailored to a specific audience within the overall hydraulic power sector.

  1. Plant and People Safety
  2. Asset Management
  3. Dam Safety & Risk
  4. O&M Challenges

Schedule Overview

Wednesday, October 7 @ 11:00 AM ET: Plant and People Safety

This webinar will focus on safety featuring speakers from plant operations, equipment manufacturing and construction contracting, as well as the value of operational excellence and integrating it within your organization.

Moderator: Jim Moen, Manager of Project Engineering, Pacific Gas and Electric Company


  • Jim Miller, Signal Hydropower Consultants, LLC & Chair, NHA’s Operational Excellence Program
  • Ray Chow, Operational Excellence Leader, Duke Energy Corporation &  Vice Chair, NHA’s Operational Excellence Program
  • Jon Karcher, FHO Hydro East Health and Safety Professional, Duke Energy
  • Chris Johnson, Regional Safety Manager, Southwest Division, Ballard Marine Construction
  • Janet Hart, Boundary & Lucky Peak Operations Manager, Seattle City Light
  • Gerry Russell, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development, American Hydro Corporation



Wednesday, October 14 @ 11:00 AM ET: Asset Management

Attendees of this webinar will receive an overview of asset management utilized in hydropower facilities by member companies, learn how it can be used to manage risk of aging assets, reduce the frequency of forced outages, and hear from both large and small operators who have implemented these processes within their hydropower fleets. Additionally, this webinar will feature a presentation specific to generators within the asset management framework.

Moderator: Paul Bernhardt, Bergmann Associates, HPC O&M Subcommittee Co-Chair


  • Craig Bourassa, P.E., Sr. Spokane River Plant Engineer, Avista Utilities
  • Gary Proulx, Director Asset and Maintenance Management at New York Power Authority
  • John Griffith, Superintendent, City of Sturgis Electric Dept
  • Mark Kayser, Generation Maintenance Superintendent – Hydro Operations, Minnesota Power
  • Howard Moudy, Director of Operations, National Electric Coil



Wednesday, October 21 @ 11:00 AM ET: Managing Dam Safety & Risk is Not One-Size Fits All!

This webinar will focus on Risk Informed Decision-Making (RIDM) for Dam Safety: The reasons to use RIDM, how it is being used for dam safety and differing approaches to the process. This session will also provide a regulator perspective on RIDM as well as feature owners that are taking varying approaches to RIDM along with perspectives.

Moderator: Jonathan Harris, P.E., Senior Associate, National Practice Leader for Dam Safety and Risk, Schnabel Engineering


  • Doug Boyer, PE, CEG, Chief, Risk-Informed Decision Making Branch, Dam Safety & Inspections, Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Matthew Muto, Deputy Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Southern California Edison
  • Peter Hansen, Vice President of Operations, Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company
  • Adam Monroe, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Consumers Energy
  • Eric Van Deuren, Director of Engineering and Asset Management, Pacific Gas & Electric Company



Wednesday, October 28 @ 11:00 AM ET: Overcoming O&M Challenges

This session will focus on innovative solutions to keep equipment running and maintenance activities that are saving time and/or money.

Moderator: Scott Klabunde, Business Development – USA Market, Hydro Consulting & Maintenance Services, Inc.

  • Underwater Drone Applications
    • Unit Head Gate Operations
    • Tim Mitchell, Harris Dam Plant Superintendent, Alabama Power Hydro Generation
  • Project Challenges/Engineered Solutions
    • Lessons Learned From Hydro Owner/Operator’s Re-runner Upgrade
    • Scott Hegy, Hydroelectric Plant Manager, City of Norway, MI
  • OpEx- Incident Reporting
    • Value Incident Examples from a Hydro Owner/Operator
    • Michael Pedersen, Director of Hydro Operations, Kaukauna Utilities, Kaukauna, WI
  • Instrument Monitoring Modeling Data
    • Equipment Health Trending for Early Detection of Issues
    • Seth Courington, Fleet Strategy and Maintenance Engineer, Southern Company
    • Chris Honeycutt, Monitoring and Diagnostic Analyst, Southern Company
    • O&M
  • Proper Planning for Debris Control Solutions to Lower O&M Costs and Increase Power Output
    • Paul Meeks, President, Worthington Products
  • Rapid Response Configurable Gate Hoists
    • Use of a Temporary Gate Hoist Until Repair or Replacement is Up and Running
    • Dave Pflieger, President, Lemke Industrial
      • Jeff Casey, Director, Sales & Marketing, Lemke
      • Cody Lemke, Engineering Manager – Hydro, Lemke



Registration Rates Per Webcast

NHA and MHUG Member Rate: $29
Standard Rate: $79
NHA Members please use promo code NHA2020 to obtain the member rate.
MHUG Members please use promo code MHUG2020 to obtain the member rate.
Sponsors please contact Marycella Dumlao at marycella@hydro.org for registration information.


Questions and Sponsorship

Please contact Marycella Dumlao (marycella@hydro.org) with questions and for sponsorship opportunities.


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