2018 NHA Waterpower Innovation Forum – West

December 4th - December 5th Los Angeles, CA

Join the NHA Waterpower Innovation Council (WIC) on December 5th at the Garland Hotel in Los Angeles for the second Waterpower Innovation Forum.  Taking place immediately after the NHA CA Regional Meeting, this forum will start with dinner and a panel discussion followed by a half day meeting.

The goal of the Forum is to bring all sectors of the waterpower industry together to brainstorm and discuss the key technical issues that are preventing the industry from moving forward. The attendees will include owner/operators, developers, researchers, manufacturers and service providers and consultants who want to see the waterpower industry reach its full potential.


Schedule – Detailed agenda here 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – The Garland – Courtyard

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Reception and Dinner with Keynote Speaker

Evening Speaker: Debbie Powell, Vice President, Power Generation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

The evening dinner will serve as a way to kick start our thinking and allow all to dream what the future possibilities for the hydropower industry could be. Our speaker for the evening will challenge us to “Think Big”. In order to advance the hydropower industry, we need to do away with the self-limiting thoughts and start an opening dialog about what we see as our technical challenges and then work together to innovatively solve them.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – The Garland – El Camino

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM: Welcome

Linda Church Ciocci, President & CEO, National Hydropower Association

Jay Anders, Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM:  Keynote Address

Lauren Faber, Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM: Review Outcomes from the NE Waterpower Innovation Forum

Jay Anders, Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: DOE Perspective and Thoughts on the Renewable Energy Space

Alejandro Moreno, Director for the Water Power Technologies Office, DOE

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM:  AM Break

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Breakout/Working Group SessionsThe Garland – El Camino & Mission

  • Small breakout sessions will be established to explore the technical challenges in small hydro, MHK, pumped storage, and conventional hydropower related to project schedule and cost. One of the groups will also work with representatives from the DOE to discuss and review the Hydropower road map.   The goal will be to identify needs and recommendations to promote focused research in the highest priority areas.
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Groups will review and add to the information from the WIC East meeting.  The goal of the initial part of the session will be to prioritize key items and areas for further discussion.
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – During this part of the small group session the group will work together to further define and document the top 3 to 4 items as prioritized in the first part of the working session.  This information will be used to further direct the future efforts of the WIC

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Report Out & Forum Wrap-Up

Each breakout group will have the opportunity to share what the group discussed. The goal of this time is to share with the entire gathering the key thoughts and ideas that need greater research and understanding to further transform the hydropower industry.

Registration Rates

Reception and Dinner with Keynote Speaker – December 4, 2018
NHA Member – $35
Standard – $50
Government/Speaker – $35

Waterpower Innovation Forum – December 5, 2018
NHA Member – $75
Standard – $115
Government/Speaker – $75

Meeting Location & Sleeping Accommodations

The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91602

Room Rates:

Singe Rate: $195 / night plus tax
Double Rate: $195  / night plus tax
Triple Rate: $215 / night plus tax
Quad Rate: $235 / night plus tax

Call: 1-800-238-3759, email reservations@thegarland.com, or book on the website www.theGarland.com. Be sure to provide the group code, NHA. These rates are available until Friday, November 9th or the block is full, whichever comes first.

Cancellation Policy

You may transfer your registration at any time at no cost.  Cancellations received in writing by November 21st will be refunded less a $50 administrative fee.  Cancellations after this date cannot be refunded.


Please contact Francesca Blanco (Francesca@hydro.org) with questions. NHA will be holding similar Regional Meetings in other areas of the country throughout the year.  Please check www.hydro.org for details.

Meeting Conduct Policy

As a professional society, the National Hydropower Association is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. Consistent with this commitment, it is the policy of the NHA that all participants in NHA activities will enjoy a welcoming environment, free from unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation. All participants in NHA activities also agree to comply with all rules and conditions of the activities, which are subject to change. This policy applies to all participants in NHA activities, including but not limited to event attendees, students, guests, staff, contractors, exhibitors, and participants in sessions, tours, and other social events of any NHA meeting or other activity.

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Violations should be reported to the organizer of the activity. In NHA’s sole discretion, unacceptable behavior may result in removal or denial of access to meeting facilities or activities, and other penalties, without refund of any applicable registration fees or costs. In addition, violations may be reported to the individual’s employer. Repeat offenders may be banned from future NHA activities.

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