Hydro Academy: Optimizing Safety and Unit Protection

December 5th Chattanooga, TN

Learn how to ensure operator safety, and unit reliability! Register to join us for the Hydro Academy Course, taught by Eaton.

This course requires separate registration from the 2022 Southeast Regional Meeting.

This Hydro Academy Course is Taught By

Topics Covered:

– Grounding and testing methods for operator safety and maintenance
– The importance of machine grounding
– Grounding techniques for balancing unit reliability
– Personnel safety and arc flash awareness
– Arc flash mitigation techniques and technologies

About the NHA Hydro Academy

NHA created the Hydro Academy to fill a need in the industry and to create a forum for educational exchange. Courses are taught by experts in their fields and topics may include technical, regulatory, public affairs or other disciplines. Have an idea for a Hydro Academy Course? Reach out to Marla Barnes at marla@hydro.org.

About the Speakers


Kevin Quirion, Eaton
Kevin is the National Engineering Manager for Power Generation and Microgrids at Eaton, leading the project engineering group responsible for executing generator projects, specializing in governors, exciters, protection and system controls. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in engineering management from Southern New Hampshire University. Kevin is located Lewiston, Maine and has been with Eaton from over 12 years.

Chris M. Finen
Chris is the National Application Engineer Manager for Eaton located in Nashville, TN.  In this role, Chris coordinates the efforts of Eaton’s Application Engineers providing technical support to distribution system designers across North America.  With Eaton since 1994, Chris has given hundreds of technical presentations on subjects including circuit protection, selective coordination, arc flash mitigation, power quality, motor control, and electrical reliability.  He is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Vanderbilt University and is active with many industry groups including IEEE, ASHE, and NFPA.  He is currently a Technical Committee member for NFPA 99 and a member of Code Making Panel 15 for the National Electrical Code.  Chris is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee.


Standard Rate: $275
NHA Member Discounted Rate: $175


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The Southeast Regional Meeting

This course is co-located with the 2022 Southeast Regional Meeting. Registration for the Hydro Academy Course does not include registration for the Southeast Regional Meeting. You can go here to register for the regional meeting.

Meeting Location & Accommodations

Westin Chattanooga
801 Pine Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

As of November 21, 2022, the room block is closed and the Westin Chattanooga is completely sold out over our event dates.

There are a number of alternative hotels that are close by, including the Marriott Downtown Chattanooga and the Indigo Hotel. You can go here to see other hotels in Downtown Chattanooga. Please be sure to check the distance from the Westin before making your hotel arrangements.

Note that these other locations have not been vetted by NHA, nor does NHA have a room block or agreement with any of these other venues.

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Interested in becoming a member of NHA? Want to know how to leverage your current membership? Contact Marla Barnes at marla@hydro.org or call (816) 588-4639 for more information.


Questions and Sponsorship

Interested in how you can get involved in planning the agenda? Looking for brand visibility? Please contact Joseph LoSasso at joseph@hydro.org or call him at (202) 697-2404 with questions about sponsorship opportunities.


Other NHA Events

For information on other events owned and held by NHA, reach out to Marycella Dumlao at marycella@hydro.org.


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