Four Reasons to Attend NHA’s 2023 Northeast Regional Meeting

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Four Reasons to Attend NHA’s 2023 Northeast Regional Meeting


July 17, 2023


Jeremy Chase-Israel, Content Development Specialist, National Hydropower Association


Four Reasons to Attend NHA’s 2023 Northeast Regional Meeting

NHA thanks our sponsors:

American Hydro

Calling any professionals in the Northeast working with hydropower, pumped storage, or marine energy! The National Hydropower Association (NHA) invites you to attend the Northeast Regional Meeting, taking place July 25 and 26 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Northeast Regional Meeting is owned and organized by NHA, hosted by FirstLight Power, and sponsored by 26 companies and organizations. The Meeting offers insight to those looking to stay up to date on the issues and opportunities affecting hydropower in the Northeast. With its unique blend of knowledge-sharing, networking opportunities, and an exclusive tour of Northfield Mountain—the largest pumped storage station in New England, the Northeast Regional Meeting deserves a spot on your calendar. Registration details can be found HERE.

“NHA’s regional meeting series are important because we understand that not everyone can attend our national events. To reach more people, as well as provide opportunities for individuals …  we strive to provide annual forums across the U.S. to address regional issues and location-specific challenges,” says Marla Barnes, NHA vice president of member and industry engagements.

The upper reservoir, which holds more than 5 billion gallons of water, of the Northfield Mountain pumped storage hydropower station.


If you’re unsure about whether attending NHA’s Northeast Regional meeting is worth your time, check out these four reasons:

1. Networking: The meeting is open to anyone working in or with the industry, and if you attend, you’ll be joined by a mix of representatives, such as: asset owners, project developers, technology developers, consultants, and service and product suppliers. By fostering relationships with peers in the waterpower industry, you’ll have the opportunity to advance your knowledge and career. With four scheduled networking times, including a reception, attendees will have ample opportunity to connect and do business.

2. Tour of Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station: On July 25, several attendees will join meeting host FirstLight Power for an in-depth tour of the Northfield Mountain pumped storage station. (The number of participants on this tour is limited; at this time, the tour is full and there is a waiting list.) With an impressive generating capacity of 1,108 MW, Northfield Mountain is the largest pumped-storage station in New England. Learn about its intricate workings, cutting-edge design, and the incredible benefits it brings to New England’s energy landscape.

The interior of Northfield Mountain pumped storage hydropower station.

3. Expert Insights: Engage in thought-provoking discussions, working groups, and panels led by industry experts, who will share their knowledge, insights, and experiences. Sessions like “Basin Scale Planning: Uncommon Dialogue Working Group 3/5” and “Shake Up! Wake Up! Time to Adjust Our Collective Mindset” provide attendees with the opportunity to hear and connect with the top-minds shaping waterpower.

4. A Focus on Regional-Specific Topics: The hydropower landscape in the Northeast is evolving, and NHA knows that it’s critical for attendees to be aware of issues shaping hydropower on a national level. Sessions like “Innovative Approaches and Emerging Tools in FERC Licensing,” and “Hot Topics – What Environmental Justice Means for FERC Relicensing” will feature speakers from FERC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and more; join them as they provide updates, share innovations, and detail developments.

Other notable sessions involve regionally relevant topics presented by hydropower industry experts at the top of their fields, such as:

  • Building New Hydro in the Northeast
  • Climate Change – Impacts Specific to the Northeast
  • Fish Passage: The Latest Trends, Developments, and Initiatives in the Northeast
  • Electric Power Markets in the Northeast – Integration, Ancillary Services, and Equipment Impacts


If you’re interested in attending NHA’s Northeast Regional Meeting, check out the event site here for details on hotel accommodations, registration rates, a schedule of events, and the meeting agenda. If you need additional assistance, please reach out to Marycella Dumlao, Event Planner at NHA, for more information.