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Session 1: Opening plenary session:
Transforming America's Energy Infrastructure

Monday, April 30, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Waterpower will play an increasingly more important role as we transform our energy sector. Legislation has been moving through Congress and there are a number of proceedings within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other agencies to streamline regulations. Infrastructure is a major topic, so this session will examine the critical role waterpower will play as we build toward a new future. Join The Honorable Mark W. Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy as we start the week strong!

Mark W. Menezes

Mark W. Menezes

The Honorable Mark Wesley Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy serves as the Department’s principal advisor on energy policy and on a wide array of existing and emerging energy technologies. The Under Secretary is responsible for driving transformative energy policy, and technology solutions through coordinated planning, management and performance of the Department’s energy programs.

Prior to being confirmed as Under Secretary of Energy, Mr. Menezes was an executive with Berkshire Hathaway Energy in its Washington, D.C. office. Before joining BHE, Mr. Menezes was a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, where he headed the Regulated Markets and Energy Infrastructure practice group. Prior to Hunton, he served as Chief Counsel, Energy and Environment, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, serving as chief negotiator for the House Majority in the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Before his service with House Energy & Commerce, he was Vice President with Central and South West, and upon its merger with American Electric Power, served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs.

Mr. Menezes has been named in National Journal’s “Hill 100”—top Congressional staff for his work on both energy and environmental matters. He has been frequent guest speaker and lecturer before numerous associations and civic groups, including legal education seminars where he has been called on to address the nation’s energy and environmental policies, utility restructuring, telecommunications, ethics, merger and acquisition practices, and regulatory and legislative processes. He has co-authored numerous articles, a practice manual, and been quoted in the New York Times, Law360, Oil and Gas Journal, Politico as well as interviewed by E&ETV. He’s been listed Best Lawyers in America 2013–2016, Corporate Counsel’s Top Lawyers 2006–2011, Washington Post’s Top Lawyers 2008–2016, and DC Super Lawyers 2012–2016.

Mr. Menezes is a graduate of Louisiana State University receiving both his undergraduate and juris doctor degree. Until joining the government he was a charter member of the Advisory Council, Louisiana State University Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, and served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus. 

Session 4: Tuesday morning plenary session

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
9:00 am - 10:30 am

As the regulator for the hydropower industry, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has a front-row seat on policy development to promote new U.S. hydropower and pumped-storage deployment and the relicensing of existing projects. FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre provides an update on Commission activities in the hydropower sector and his perspective on the future.

Then, a panel of international project developers and exports shares how waterpower technologies are moving forward in Europe and beyond, and describes the policies that are driving their success. The discussion includes commerical-scale marine energy projects as well as conventional hydropower and pumped storage providing new gigawatts to the electricity grid.

Kevin J. McIntyre

Kevin J. McIntyre

Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2017. 

Prior to joining the Commission, Chairman McIntyre was the co-leader of the global Energy Practice at the law firm Jones Day, where he practiced law for most of his nearly 30-year legal career. At the firm, he had an expansive FERC practice, counseling and representing clients in nearly all industry sectors, including natural gas, conventional electricity, oil, hydropower, wind power and other renewable resources, and energy marketing and trading. His work for energy clients spanned administrative and appellate litigation, compliance and enforcement matters, and corporate transactions. 

Chairman McIntyre is a graduate of San Diego State University and Georgetown Law. He and his wife Jennifer have three children.

Session 6: President’s luncheon

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Waterpower Week in Washington is excited to have Chief of Operations and Regulatory Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Mr. Thomas P. Smith, P.E. as a guest and speaker at the President's luncheon. We look forward to a great afternoon of food, insight and networking with you!

Thomas P. Smith, P.E.

Thomas P. Smith, P.E.

Mr. Thomas P. Smith currently serves as the Chief of Operations and Regulatory Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He also provides leadership and oversight for activities and programs within the Corps’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division and North Atlantic Division Regional Integration Teams. He was selected into the Senior Executive Service in July 2013 with an initial assignment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In his current position, Mr. Smith provides national oversight of the development, resourcing, and delivery of Operations and Maintenance programs for the Civil Works infrastructure portfolio and for Corps operational programs such as hydroelectric power, public recreation, environmental restoration, wildlife management, and the regulatory oversight of waterways and wetlands.
 
Prior to his assignment to the Army of Corps of Engineers, Mr. Smith served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Plans within DHS with additional responsibilities as the DHS Coordinator for the Campaign to Secure the Southern Border and Approaches to the United States. From May 2015 through October 2016, Mr. Smith also performed duties as the Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Plans, Analysis and Risk with oversight of the Department’s of strategy, analysis, planning, and integration Processes.

Mr. Smith has extensive executive, managerial, and leadership experience in the delivery and operation of large, complex water resource solutions. He integrated worldwide engineering support to military and civil organizations and led Crisis Action Teams through nationally significant response events such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Mississippi and Missouri River flooding in 2011, and international contingency operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Thailand, Pakistan, and Australia. As Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District, he guided delivery of engineer projects, products, and services for flood risk management, navigation, environmental stewardship, and emergency operations for a six state region along the lower Mississippi River.

Mr Smith served as the Chief of the Army Initiatives Group for the Army’s senior operations officer at the Pentagon during the peak of the Army’s war efforts in Iraq. He is a combat veteran and commanded the lead Army engineer battalion in the attack to Baghdad in 2003.