38 Hydrokinetic Electricity Generation and Fish: Asking the Right Questions, Getting Useful Answers

Wednesday, September 15, 2010: 8:00 AM-4:20 PM
401 (Convention Center)
Generation of electricity from moving water (tidal currents and other instream, unimpounded flows) is known as hydrokinetic generation.  This emerging form of generation offers a potentially significant contribution to renewable energy portfolios.  Because hydrokinetic electricity generation does not require impoundment of the waterbody, it presents a new set of potential environmental impacts (including impacts on fish) that differs from that of conventional hydropower.  Hydrokinetic generation may have some impacts in common with conventional hydropower, but most impacts may differ in magnitude or kind.  The objective of this symposium is to bring together people involved in this emerging form of electricity generation to share existing information and identify critically important information needs.  This symposium will address the following general questions:
  • What are the key uncertainties regarding impacts of hydrokinetic generation on fish?
  • What do we already know?
  • What information is transferable from conventional hydropower and what is not?
  • What information is of generic (non-site specific) value to stakeholders?
  • What are the important classes of equipment and what are their relative merits regarding fish protection?
  • What are the issues involved with assessing cumulative effects of multiple machines and multiple projects?
  • What and how can information be collected to maximize site-specific utility to stakeholders?
Paul T. Jacobson, Ph.D.
Paul T. Jacobson, Ph.D. and Douglas A. Dixon, PhD
8:00 AM
Overview of EPRI's DOE-funded hydrokinetic generation research program
Paul T. Jacobson, Ph.D., Electric Power Research Institute; Douglas A. Dixon, PhD, Electric Power Research Institute
8:20 AM
River hydrokinetic energy where's the resource?
Thomas M. Ravens, Ph.D., University of Alaska Anchorage; Don Atwood, PhD, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Roger Bedard, Electric Power Research Institute,; Tina Taylor, Electric Power Research Institute
8:40 AM
Who are the stakeholders and what are they saying?
Andrea Copping, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Simon Geerlofs, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
9:00 AM
Hydrokinetics and FERC's regulatory process
James L. Hastreiter, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
10:00 AM
10:20 AM
Development of theoretical models for estimating hydrokinetic turbine strike probability and survival
Stephen V. Amaral, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.; Norman Perkins, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.; George Hecker, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.; Douglas A. Dixon, PhD, Electric Power Research Institute; Paul T. Jacobson, Ph.D., Electric Power Research Institute
10:40 AM
Environmental effects of hydrokinetic turbines: opportunities and limitations for large-scale laboratory testing
Theodore Castro-Santos, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey; Alex Haro, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey
11:00 AM
Laboratory evaluation of fish survival and behavior associated with passage through hydrokinetic turbines
Steve Amaral, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.; Brian McMahon, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.; Greg Allen, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.; Douglas A. Dixon, PhD, Electric Power Research Institute; Paul T. Jacobson, Ph.D., Electric Power Research Institute
11:20 AM
The role of the Bay of Fundy in the aggregation of coastal migrant fishes and the continuing threat of tidal power development
Michael J. Dadswell, Ph.D., Acadia University; Roger A. Rulifson, PhD, East Carolina University
11:40 AM
Assessing effects of tidal power development on fishes using hydroacoustics
Haley A. Viehman, B.S., University of Maine; Gayle B. Zydlewski, PhD, University of Maine; James McCleave, PhD, University of Maine
12:00 PM
Lunch Break On Your Own
1:40 PM
Fish passage survival/injury through the Hydro Green Energy hydrokinetic turbine at the Mississippi Lock and Dam No. 2 Project
Steve Adams, Normandeau Associates; Paul Heisey, Normandeau Associates; Tim Brush, Normandeau Associates
2:00 PM
Concepts for kinetic hydropower operational monitoring
Mollie Gardner, Verdant Power, LLC,; Mary Ann Adonizio, P.E., Verdant Power, Inc.
2:20 PM
Unconventional impacts from unconventional devices: Noise, electromagnetic energy, antifouling toxicity, and habitat alteration
Mark Bevelhimer, Ph.D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Glenn Cada, Ph.D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2:40 PM
Hydrokinetic energy development: Considerations of cumulative impacts to aquatic resources
Ihor Hlohowskyj, Ph.D., Argonne National Laboratory; John Hayse, Ph.D., Argonne National Laboratory
3:00 PM
3:20 PM
Integrating ecology with everything else: A tool for evaluating hydrokinetic project alternatives
Peter Nelson, Ph.D., H.T. Harvey and Associates; Sheri Woo, P.E., H.T. Harvey and Associates; Sharon H. Kramer, PhD, H. T. Harvey & Associates
3:40 PM
Panel discussion
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