Representatives from power companies around the world are in Louisville today for HydroVision International's annual conference. The event draws people who are already invested in hydroelectric power, or are looking for ways to begin the process. Participants also had a chance to tour two local hydropower facilities: the new Cannelton Locks and Dam project (which is still a work in progress) and LG&E's Ohio Falls Generating Station.

The conference's keynote speakers are:

  • Colonel Luke Leonard, the commander of the  Army Corps of Engineers' Louisville District;
  • Pierre Gauthier, the president and CEO of Alstom, a major hydropower equipment supplier;
  • Marc Gerken, president and CEO of American Municipal Power, which has developed several hydroelectric projects along the Ohio River;
  • Paul Thompson, senior vice president of energy services at Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities.