Wind and Water Working Together AWEA / NHA Summit

Join the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the National Hydropower Association (NHA) for a one day Summit co-located at HydroVision 2019.




Oregon Convention Center – Room D135

Schedule –

Monday, July 22, 2019

8:00 amRegistration Opens
8:00 – 9:00 amNetworking Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 amWelcome & Opening 

Tom Darin, Senior Director, Western State Policy, AWEA
Jeff Leahey, Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs, National Hydropower Association

9:15 – 9:30 amKeynote Remarks

Janet Herrin, Chief Operating Officer, Bonneville Power Administration

9:30 – 10:45 amDepartment of Energy Updates

Moderator: Alejandro Moreno, Water Power Technologies Office Director, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE

Jim Ahlgrimm, Wind Energy Technologies Office 

Additional speakers TBA

10:45 – 11:15 amNetworking Break 
11:15 am – 12:15 pm“Now That’s a Good Couple!” Wind and Hydropower Interactions (An Industry Prospective) 

In many parts of the US, wind energy and hydropower work very well together to supply energy, grid services and other functions.  Hydro also is a great balancing resource to assist with wind energy’s variable output that creates grid stability and low-integration costs.  This session focuses on best-practices to maximize wind-hydro benefits and how market coordination and structures in the Pacific Northwest can be improved to fully capture these benefits in the region.

Moderator: Cameron Yourkowski, EDP Renewables (Invited)

Additional speakers TBA

12:15 – 1:30 pmNetworking Lunch & Group Discussion
1:30 – 2:45 pm100% Clean: How Renewable Hydro and Wind Can Help Power the West

Wind and hydropower are the top two renewable energy resources in the US.  In 2019, the states of New Mexico, Washington, Nevada and Colorado moved to 100% clean energy standards by 2045. This session will explore how current and new investments in wind and hydropower can help these states cost-effectively and reliably meet these goals.

Moderator:  Tom Darin, Senior Director, Western State Policy, AWEA

The Honorable Beth Doglio, Washington House of Representatives
Jeff Leahy, Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs, NHA 
Amanda Jahshan, Washington Policy Manager, Renewable Northwest
Glenn Blackmon, Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington Department of Commerce –
Therese Hampton, Executive Director, Public Generating Pool

2:45 pm – 3:15 pmNetworking Break
3:15 – 4:15 pmGetting the Most out of the Western Power Grid

There is widespread agreement across the West that there is a better way to use existing transmission more efficiently for both existing and new power generation resources.  Already, market efficiencies in the Western Energy Imbalance Market are demonstrating that coordinated use of resources across a broad geographic footprint are savings consumer millions each year.  Both hydropower and wind energy have a lot to gain from further efficiencies in a larger western power market.  This session will explore the economic benefits, as well as political challenges, as the western region continues on this path.

Moderator:  Nicole Hughes, Executive Director, Renewable Northwest

Michael Goggin, Vice President, Grid Strategies LLC
Ben Kajula, Director of Power Planning, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

4:15 – 4:45 pmLessons Learned – What did we miss?

An interactive discussion with our panel speakers and attendees for next steps on how both industries can further collaborate.

Registration Rates

NHA / AWEA Member – $185
Standard – $300
Speaker – $125
Federal or State Resource Agency: $150

Group Rates – If 3 or more people register together, then you will receive a discount of $20.00 off for all AWEA / NHA Member registrants and $10.00 off for all non member registrants.


Meeting Location & Hotel Accommodations

The meeting will take place at the Oregon Convention Center and our partners at Clarion have negotiated room rates at nearby Portland hotels.  Click here to see these hotel options.

Oregon Convention Center – Room Number: D135/136
Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

Cancellation Policy

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


We are offering two different sponsorship levels.  Increase your visibility with these great sponsorship opportunities!  You can view the Sponsorship Prospectus here. Please contact Stephanie German ( or (202) 383 – 2512) with any questions.


Please contact Francesca Blanco ( with questions regarding the meeting.

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.All individuals must behave responsibly in NHA activities in which they participate. Threatening physical or verbal actions and disorderly or disruptive conduct will not be tolerated. Harassment, including verbal comments relating to gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other protected status, or sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unauthorized or inappropriate photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention, will not be tolerated. All individuals participating in NHA activities must comply with these standards of behavior.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.