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EBC Dam Management Program Series: Role of Hydropower in New England’s Energy Future

June 25, 2009 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Thank you to our Member Company, Foley Hoag LLP, for hosting this program at their facility.

As Congress and the Administration develop a comprehensive energy strategy that addresses the challenges of climate change, policymakers in New England and across the country are beginning to realize that hydropower ? America?s original renewable resource ? can play an important role in New England’s energy future.  By improving the energy efficiency of existing hydropower facilities and energizing existing non-powered dams, as well as developing ocean and tidal applications, pumped storage and new hydrokinetic technologies, a tremendous amount of potential energy is ready to be tapped, even without the need to build new dams.  Many energy experts also recognize that hydropower can complement variable and intermittent resources such as wind and solar and help maintain grid stability.  The use of pumped storage ? a proven technology for storing energy at times of low demand and providing it back to the grid when it is most needed ? has been noted by DOE Secretary Chu in recent comments before transmission policy advocates.  Please join us as we discuss the latest developments in hydropower and policy issues associated with this renewable resource.
This program is the second in a series of three EBC programs on dam management, the first program (May 27, 2009) addressed dam safety and risks, enforcements actions, and lessons learned.  The third program, scheduled for July 16, 2009, will address issues that focus on Remediation of Dams in New England.
Invited Co-Hosting Organizations:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Society of American Military Engineers
National Hydropower Association
American River

Agenda – Slide Presentations

Speakers include:

  • Jeff Leahey, National Hydropower Association
  • Nancy Skancke, Partner, GKRSE, Washington D.C.
  • Shannon Ames, Brookfield Renewable Power
  • Mike Hachey, TransCanada
  • Tim Brush, Normandeau Associates

7:30 a.m.       Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 12:00 p.m.   Program
Registration fees: