2023 NHA Northeast Regional Meeting

July 25th - July 26th Springfield, MA

NHA will hold the 2023 Northeast Regional Meeting in Springfield, MA. FirstLight Power will provide a tour of Northfield Mountain Pumped Hydro Storage Station.

Download the detailed agenda (as of 7-17-2023)
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Registration Rates

Standard Registration Rate – $495
NHA Member Discounted Rate – $195

Sponsors should contact Marycella Dumlao for registration information.

Special rates available for Federal government agencies, resource agencies, NGOs, students, and FLOW members. Contact Marycella for assistance with registration.



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Meeting Location & Accommodations

Marriott Springfield Downtown
2 Boland Way
Springfield, Massachusetts 01115

NHA has negotiated the discounted room rate of $179 plus tax. Complimentary parking is included. The rate will be available until June 24 or the room block is full, whichever comes first.



Getting to Springfield, Massachusetts

The closest airport to the Marriott Springfield Downtown is Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, Connecticut, about 25 minutes away (20 miles) by car depending on traffic.

Another airport option is Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston, Massachusetts. This airport has more flight options, but it is at least 90 minutes away (93 miles) from the hotel by car.

There is no public transportation to Springfield, Massachusetts from either airport.

Host Company

Session topics and speakers to include:

  • Special guest speaker Sunny Wesott on climate change impacts in the Northeast
  • Opportunities for building new hydropower and marine energy
  • How changing our mindsets can shape the future of hydro
  • The latest trends, initiatives, and innovations in fish passage

Schedule of Events


July 25

Day 1

8:00 AM  – 1:00 PM Tour of Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project
FirstLight Power
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Additional Programming, TBD
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Networking Welcome Reception


July 26

Day 2

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 2023 Northeast Regional Meeting

Tour Information



After a quick stop at the visitor center, attendees will tour the Upper Reservoir and the Powerhouse at Northfield Mountain!

The maximum capacity for this tour is 64 people. Due to security protocol, the cut-off date to register for this event is Thursday, July 20.



A bus will be provided. Attendees are not permitted to drive themselves to the tour. Attendees will meet in the lobby of the Marriott Springfield Downtown.


Non-U.S. citizens are permitted on the tour.

Personal Belongings: Please leave all bags, purses, backpacks, etc. on the bus.

Photography: Photos are permitted with a few exceptions: no photos in the control room and no photos of FirstLight employees. Please follow the directions of the tour guide with regards to taking photos.


Dress Code

Pants and closed-toe shoes are required. No shorts, skirts, or capris.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): FirstLight Power will provide hard hats and safety glasses for use on-site. Attendees are welcome to bring their own PPE if they so desire.

Regional Sponsor


Media Sponsor


Additional Information



Interested in becoming a member of NHA? Want to know how to leverage your current membership? Contact Marla Barnes for more information.


Questions and Sponsorship

Interested in how you can get involved in planning the agenda? Looking for brand visibility? Please contact Joseph LoSasso with questions about sponsorship opportunities.

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. Read the full policy here.


Privacy Statement

NHA does not sell information. We deeply respect the privacy of our attendees and we have never nor will we ever reach out to anyone with offers to sell our mailing lists. Any communications that say otherwise are scam attempts and should be deleted and/or blocked.


Leaders of the NHA Regional Meetings Series

The Regional Meetings Leadership, appointed by the chair of NHA’s Board of Directors, provides insight and input in regards to NHA’s regional meetings. Go here to learn more about the current Regional Meetings Series Leadership.