About the Hydro Power Engineering Exchange
Connecting you for a powerful future
The Hydro Power Engineering Exchange (HPEE) is a biennial forum for hydropower professionals with direct exposure to operation, maintenance and projects. It is essentially an asset-based engineering forum for New Zealand and Australian hydro asset owners’ technical staff, with attendance from other utilities in the Australasian Region.
The HPEE was established in 1990 through a joint initiative of the Snowy Mountains Authority, the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand and the Hydro Electric Commission of Tasmania., along with other Australian based hydropower utilities. The vision was to create a forum for information exchange amongst hydropower professionals in this region.
The HPEE provides an important vehicle for the exchange of information regarding plant lifecycle, failure risks and asset improvement opportunities. This leverages the value already provided by the technical staff within each company, establishes ongoing networks between individuals, and helps to avoid “reinventing the wheel” within each company.
Presentations and Site Visits
The Exchange has a two-fold agenda, the first is to promote open and honest (positives and negatives) discussion, and interaction on engineering issues through the formal presentation of papers. The second is to facilitate site visits detailing recent infrastructure modifications, projects, etc.
Since being established, HPEE has experienced a constant increase of interest and participation, and has now gained world-wide recognition and involvement. Attendance is by invitation and invitations are only extended to organisations involved with the operation of hydro generation facilities. Invitations are not extended directly to consulting organisations or product and service providers.
The HPEE is underwritten by Snowy Hydro, Hydro Tasmania, Meridian Energy, Trust Power, Genesis Energy, Mercury Energy, Contact Energy, AGL Energy, CS Energy,BC Hydro and Jo Grilli (one of the original founders).
We have compiled an online database containing all the papers presented from 1990 to the present. Browsing is available to all the participating company representatives but requires registration for a login. If you do not have a login, please use the contact us form to request one.