By - Jon Brown

Hydropower 101
August 22, 2016 | Seattle, WA

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This course will present a basic overview of hydropower operations, including: how hydropower works, project types and definitions, and benefits and challenges associated with hydropower. Attendees will learn about hydropower development in North America and throughout the world. They will discuss the costs associated with hydropower. Our expert speaker will discuss engineering considerations, including: flood control, irrigation, navigation, fish passage, entrainment mortality, in-stream flows, water quality, ramping rate, recreation, and dam safety. Attendees will receive an overview of hydropower relicensing. They will discuss the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

The intent is that participants will be able to apply the information learned the first day they return to their jobs.  Hands-on activities will be included throughout the day.


Learning Outcomes

  • Define water power
  • Examine project types and definitions
  • Discuss how hydropower works
  • Identify the costs associated with hydropower
  • Describe hydropower development in North America and throughout the world
  • Examine the regulatory considerations
  • Analyze the benefits and challenges of hydropower
  • Review engineering considerations associated with hydropower, including: flood control, irrigation, navigation, fish passage and entrainment mortality, in-stream flows, water quality, ramping rate, recreation, dam safety
  • Discuss hydropower relicensing
  • Explain the value of hydropower in a changing electricity market
  • Review EPA’s Clean Power Plan


AP_LogoEUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this Course

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Interactive group activities, case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Monday, August 22, 2016

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

  • Water Power – A Simple Definition
  • Anatomy of a Hydropower Project
  • Hydropower Project Types & Definitions
How it All Works
  • Turbines
  • Generators
  • Electric Transmission
Hydropower Costs
  • Power Calculations, Costs and Limitations
  • Cost of Hydro vs. Other Electric Power Sources
Hydropower Development
  • North America
  • Global
  • FERC: A Brief Introduction
  • The Battle Between Federal Government and Conservationists
  • Who Regulates Hydro and Who Builds the Projects
The Effects of Hydropower
  • Benefits
  • Concerns
Hydropower Engineering
  • Flood Control
  • Irrigation
  • Navigation
  • Fish Passage
  • Entrainment Mortality
  • In-Stream Flows
  • Water Quality
  • Ramping Rate
  • Recreation
  • Dam Safety

Making Hydropower Sustainable Through Relicensing

Value of Hydro in a Changing Electricity Market

EPA’s Clean Power Plan



Tom Russo, Principal, Russo on Energy LLC

Tom Russo is an Energy and Environmental expert with unique regulatory skills in siting energy infrastructure, markets and physical/cybersecurity.
Prior to founding Russo on Energy LLC in May 2015, Mr. Russo worked for over 30 years as a Manager and Sr. Energy Industry Analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During that time he amassed experience in hydropower licensing, NEPA environmental impact assessment of energy projects, business process reengineering, and natural gas and crude oil market oversight. Mr. Russo thoroughly understands the Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act, Federal Power Act and Energy Policy Act as they apply to natural gas and hydroelectric projects. He also assisted FERC’s new Energy Infrastructure Security Office with understanding physical and cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities to natural gas, oil and gas-fired power projects and physical natural gas and related futures and swaps.

In FERC’s Office of Enforcement, he managed and led efforts on the development and implementation of FERC Order 704 and FERC’s Form 552 Annual Natural Gas Transaction Report program from 2008 to 2015. He also has helped numerous energy companies address FERC compliance issues in the natural gas, LNG, and hydropower area, as well as natural gas market participants in achieving compliance with transactional issues related to natural gas indices and index formation.

Mr. Russo is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He earned a credential as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in 2010. He also graduated with a MBA in Finance from the George Washington University and a MS in Biology from the University of Alabama.


Courtyard Marriott in Bellevue Redmond
14615 NE 29th Place
Bellevue, WA 98007

To reserve your room, please call 1-425-869-5300 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.


The room rate is $219.00 single or double


A room block has been reserved for the nights of August 21 – 23, 2016.


Make your reservations prior to August 1, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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