Dinner Presentation -Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Project Presented by John Chandler, Puget Sound Energy

  • 10 Sep 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union 401 NE Northlake Way Seattle, Washington


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September 10, 2014 Dinner Meeting

Dinner Presentation – 
Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Project 

John Chandler, P.E., Water Resources Technical Lead, Generation Operations, Puget Sound Energy

How are lakes and rivers managed?  This presentation will cover how water management decisions are made at the Baker Project, a two reservoir, 200 MW facility which is operated by Puget Sound Energy and lies within the Skagit River basin.  Taking a holistic view of how to consider several competing objectives are discussed, such as flood control, environmental constraints, recreational opportunities, generating power, providing grid stability, and operating in ways that avoid major damage to the equipment from cavitation and Rheingans phenomenon.  Other topics include placing the Baker Project in the bigger picture of running an entire generation fleet, a high level discussion on implementing Baker’s new FERC license, and an overview of the different internal and external parties associated with managing the lakes.

John Chandler, P.E., is the water manager at Puget Sound Energy for both of the utility’s hydro projects, Baker River and Snoqualmie Falls.  He helps to implement the new FERC licenses at both facilities, assists with operational compliance, and supports dam safety.   John received his B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono in 2006 and a M.S. focused on Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in 2008.

Event Details:


September 10, 2014

Social 5:30 - 6:30

Dinner 6:30 - 7:00

Presentation 7:00 - 8:00


NEW LOCATION - Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union
401 NE Northlake Way
Seattle, Washington
(206) 632-0767


Students: Free

Member: $30

Non-Members: $40

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