How to Lobby During a Pandemic

April 13th Virtual

Just because we are in a virtual world doesn’t mean we can’t raise waterpower’s value to the attention of Congress and ensure our policy messages are heard within the Beltway!

This spring, NHA is providing a special advocacy service to all companies in the waterpower industry to “make your voice heard”. Part of this service includes this webinar to train you/your team how to advocate before the 117th Congress.”

Register for this advocacy training webinar to learn how to lobby effectively during a pandemic – and after. This advocacy training webinar is free for NHA members and non-members.

As we call upon Waterpower Week participants to play a role in raising the industry’s voice before Congress, we will offer everyone an opportunity to join an advocacy training webinar.  In the time allotted, we will have policy and Capitol Hill professionals provide an overview of the new Congress, discuss the role of key committees and the power of leadership positions.  Importantly, we will hear from former Hill staffers on the “Do’s and Don’ts” of Hill meetings and calls.  All of this is to encourage industry representatives to reach out to their congressional offices and deliver effective messages to:

  • Secure major tax incentives as part of the infrastructure package
  • Reform the hydropower licensing process
  • Ensure parity with other renewables in a climate package, and
  • Obtain record RD&D funding for hydropower and marine energy technologies.


2:00 pm – Welcome/Overview

Rebecca Blood, RKB Strategies, LLC

  • What We Expect from Industry Participants
  • Today’s Congress

2:10 pm – National Hydropower Association Key Policies

Zolaikha Strong, NHA VP Government Affairs
Jeffrey Leahey, Esq. Vice President, SMI

  • Licensing Reform
  • Tax Incentives
  • Climate
  • Appropriations                                    

2:30 pm – Capitol Hill Priorities/Outlook for Action/Lobbying Tips

  • Kellie Donnelly, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Lot Sixteen (former Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Staff)
  • Jack Lincoln, Fed. Govt. Affairs & Member Programs Manager, Northern California Power Agency

2:50 pm – Q&A

3:00 pm – Conclude

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