By - Danielle Duignan

Hydropower 101
September 11, 2017 | Washington, DC

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If this event is of interest you may also be interested in Introduction to FERC Hydropower on September 12 and FERC Hydropower Licensing on September 13. Receive discounted registration for attending more than one!

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

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.



EUCI 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 event.



Monday, September 11, 2017

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.


Kelly R. Schaeffer, NEPA Services Team Leader, Kleinschmidt Associates

Kelly is the NEPA Services Team Leader at Kleinschmidt Associates with over 26 years of experience implementing NEPA and developing license applications for owners of non-federal hydroelectric projects.  Her projects span the United States ranging from 25 kilowatts to over 1000 megawatts.  Kelly also works on other energy projects for private clients as a NEPA third party contractor for federal agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Energy, and EPA. Kelly specializes in developing public processes in NEPA and providing facilitation and negotiation support.

Kelly received her master’s degree at the Pennsylvania State University and has served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University teaching sustainable ecotourism and leadership.

Kelly currently serves as the Chair of USSD’s Environment and Sustainability committee and previously served as NHA’s Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town
1900 Diagonal Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22314

To reserve your room, please call 1-703-684-5900
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

You can click here to book online.  


The room rate is $195.00


A room block has been reserved for the nights of September 10-12, 2017.


Make your reservations prior to August 20, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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