Marc S. Gerken, P.E., president and chief executive officer of American Municipal Power Inc. (AMP), is speaking at the opening keynote session for HydroVision International 2016.
HydroVision International is being held July 26-29 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The keynote session takes place Tuesday, July 26 from 3-5 pm and is open to all attendees.
AMP has nearly completed an ambitious program to add hundreds of megawatts of hydropower generation in the U.S. All four hydro projects are on the Ohio River at existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams. The 35-MW Willow Island plant in West Virginia began commercial operation in January 2016. The 105-MW Meldahl and 84-MW Cannelton facilities (both in Kentucky) are expected to be operational within the next month. Finally, the 72-MW Smithland plant in Kentucky is to be in operation by the end of 2016.
The company has a generation asset development effort under way that will add more than 1,400 MW of generation capacity, and AMP’s portfolio will be about 21% renewable by 2016.
AMP is the wholesale power supplier and service provider for 132 members in Ohio, Pennylvania, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland and the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation.
Other confirmed speakers include Kelvin Shepherd, president and chief executive officer of Manitoba Hydro, and Jose Zayas, office director for the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Manitoba Hydro close ties to Minnesota in that it is working through the details of an agreement to export hydroelectric power to Minnesota Power and already has export agreements in place with Xcel Energy and Wisconsin Public Service. In addition, the corporation exports electricity to other Canadian provinces. Manitoba Hydro is a Crown Corporation and the province’s major energy utility, serving more than 555,000 electrical customers and 272,000 natural gas customers. Nearly all of the electricity Manitoba Hydro generates comes from hydropower facilities.
Zayas will unveil the U.S. Department of Energy’s long-awaited Hydropower Vision during the HydroVision International keynote session. The Hydropower Vision is intended to establish the analytical basis for an ambitious roadmap to usher in a new era of growth in sustainable domestic hydropower over the next half century.
Other speakers during the keynote session include representatives of the National Hydropower Association, Canadian Hydropower Association and International Hydropower Association.
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