Benefits of Membership
There are a number of services the National Hydropower Association offers its members. Most importantly, the association unites the collective voice of the industry on matters of national regulatory and legislative policy. Click here to view our most recent annual report for all the benefits members have experienced over the past year.
Government Affairs: Our Government Affairs program promotes hydropower as a vital energy option—a clean and important renewable technology. Our legislative and regulatory affairs programs champion hydropower before Congress and the federal agencies. NHA works to ensure hydro’s competitiveness in the new electric marketplace by reducing unnecessary costs and expanding market opportunities. Areas of focus include energy policy, tax incentives, renewable energy standards, regulatory process improvements, clean and investments in new technology.
Communications: Our Communications program spreads the word about the value of hydropower. By building strong relationships with local, national, and trade news media, the hydropower industry can educate federal and state policymakers and the public at large about the need to protect and expand this crucial electricity source. NHA produces reports and materials industry members can use within their companies, building stronger relationships with their communities.
Education: Our Education program offers national, regional, and sector-specific conferences that put you in touch with industry leaders, policy makers, and regulators as well as with potential new customers. These forums focus on the most critical issues facing the industry, provide new and creative solutions to problems you face every day, and give you access to a wealth of information by connecting you to those who know — within the industry and government.
Technology and R&D: Our Technology and R&D program promotes increased operational efficiencies and enhanced environmental mitigation effects through the development of the next generation of hydroelectric equipment. Its analysis of the economic, social, and environmental benefits that hydropower brings to the U.S. economy helps promote effective public policy.
Publications: NHA publications provide you with everything you need to know in one bi-weekly electronic communication — the NHA Today newsletter — offering the latest information on regulatory and legislative policy, regional concerns, and issues on the horizon. This publication provides a steady stream of news and helps you connect to experts in the industry. In addition, our special reports, website and issue briefs are resources at your disposal for you to add to your company’s tools to educate your local community and customers about the tremendous benefits of hydropower.
What Does NHA Membership Offer You?
- Access to information
- Access to Congress
- Access to FERC and federal agencies
- Access to leaders and colleagues within the industry
- Access to potential customers and clients
- Discounted registration to all NHA events
- Discounted registration for HydroVision International
- Opportunities to increase your competitive edge…
…All while supporting and building new opportunities for the best energy technology in the world—hydropower!
Just ask our members!
“With most of our focus necessarily directed to daily business, it’s invaluable to have such a great organization advocating for us as a group.” – Mark Freeman, President, Steel-Fab, Inc.
“Being a member of NHA has helped our business in many ways. The efforts of NHA to shape policies that help the hydro industry has allowed us to cost effectively upgrade a number of our hydro plants which provide our customers environmentally clean and affordable energy. Even more importantly, NHA’s recent Operational Excellence initiative now provides a way for hydro operators to share their experiences for not only current operators, but for the new generation of people who work in the hydro industry. In the end, we are able to transfer these benefits to our customers who continue to benefit from hydro power.” – Steve Wenke, Chief Engineer, Avista.
“Membership in NHA provides value to Southern company in so many ways. In addition to the regular flow of information we receive on legislative, regulatory, policy and other issues affecting the hydro industry, NHA provides a great platform to work with other members to address common concerns and work toward comment solutions. These and other benefits of NHA membership help us preserve and enhance the value of our Southern Company hydro projects, which allows us to better serve our customers.” – Jim Crew, Manager Hydro Services, Southern Company Generation.
“NHA member communication vehicles, including NHA Today and the listservs of the various committees, provide NHA members with essential information on the latest regulatory and legislative developments and provide a ready source of technical information and advice.” – John Suloway, Vice President of Project Development and Licensing, New York Power Authority.