David Culligan, Kevin Snyder Partner to Lead Hydropower Practice at HDR

David Culligan and Kevin Snyder are partnering to lead HDR’s hydropower practice in the Eastern and Western U.S., respectively. As co-leaders of the highly ranked national practice, Culligan and Snyder are poised to help clients maximize hydropower asset value, modernize fleets and achieve positive licensing and regulatory outcomes.

Together, Culligan and Snyder are succeeding the legacy of hydropower veteran Rick Miller in the role as Miller transitions to serve as a senior advisor for HDR’s power practice.

“For 20-plus years, I’ve been inspired by the technical knowledge and team-building skills Dave and Kevin possess,” Miller said. “I’m excited to see them drive our practice and position us for growth as we help clients integrate hydropower as part of the low-carbon energy future. I look forward to continuing my involvement on pumped storage projects and asset management while lending insight to broader industry challenges like energy storage and grid reliability.”

David Culligan

A renowned hydropower expert, Culligan has led nationwide hydropower development initiatives and partnered with clients to relicense nearly 60 hydroelectric facilities.

His expertise spans all facets of the hydropower industry including FERC licensing, regulatory and legislative matters, environmental matters, powerhouse design and construction, upgrade and expansion projects, and energy and economic modeling.  

Culligan serves as treasurer on the board of directors for the National Hydropower Association, and provided technical leadership during development of the landmark 2016 Hydropower Vision Report, a collaboration between the NHA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Kevin Snyder

Snyder is a respected dam safety and geotechnical engineer. He has partnered with clients on more than 50 dam safety inspections, and served as an independent consultant on several FERC-regulated projects for clients including Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the California Department of Water Resources.

Snyder has led several major hydropower projects, serving as project principal for Iowa Hill Pumped Storage project and multiple relicensing or decommissioning projects for Southern California Edison and Seattle City Light.  

Snyder is an active member of NHA, representing HDR on the NHA CEO Council. He’s also a member of USSD and he regularly participates in local, regional and national meetings related to hydropower and dam safety.

Ranked in the ENR’s top three for hydro plants, HDR’s hydropower team delivers comprehensive hydropower and pumped storage services centered on three critical areas: regulatory services, engineering and design, and environmental sciences.

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