Finlay Anderson
Kleinschmidt Associates

Lewis Rounds
Ballard Marine Construction

Paul Jacob
Rye Development



From licensing & permitting, to design and construction, to hiring, training, operating and maintaining – Why is it so much time and effort? Why are there challenges? Come and join in the conversation with our panel experts to understand why it takes so long to do anything in hydro and how we can change the status quo!

Who should attend:
Hydropower engineers, operators, planners, asset managers and consultants

Why you should attend:
To expand your knowledge related to challenges and opportunities of building and maintaining hydroelectric facilities, as well as keep you informed about the latest trends and equip you with the necessary tools to overcome obstacles in your own hydroelectric endeavors.

Finlay Anderson, Principal Consultant, Kleinschmidt Associates


  • Ted Sorenson, Sorenson Engineering
  • Paul Jacob, CEO, Rye Development, LLC
  • Lewis Rounds, Director of Engineering/Chief Dam Engineer, Ballard Marine Construction


Speaker Bios:

  • Finlay is a Principal Consultant with Kleinschmidt Associates, and specializes in FERC relicensing and compliance. Finlay has served on the board of directors for NWHA for two very satisfying terms and currently provides guidance and technical oversight on relicensing projects throughout the Northwest.
  • Paul Jacob serves as the CEO of Development, bringing more than 30 years of energy sector experience. While at Rye's predecessor, Free Flow Power, Paul helped pivot the company to focus on conventional hydropower at a financeable scale. Previously, Paul spent a decade at Edison Mission Energy serving as President of Marketing and Trading, managing an $8 billion portfolio of operating power plants. Prior to working at Edison Paul built Citizen's Energy's electricity trading and marketing platform. Paul holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Lewis Rounds started his professional career as a consultant, then served a State of Idaho Dam Safety Engineer for 8 years before moving to a corporate position at NextEra as the head of the dam safety and civil engineering departments. Finally, for the last 5 years, Lewis has worked at Ballard Marine Construction as their Director of Engineering using his experience to bring Engineers, Owners, Regulators, and Construction professionals together to bring value to dam and water retention projects.