In conceiving the educational offerings for its new Clean Currents Conference + Tradeshow, the National Hydropower Association (NHA) wanted to ensure it was meeting the needs of the industry.
One of the most often requested type of programming during our planning discussions with prospective attendees was “intentional networking,” says Diane Lear, NHA’s vice president of operations and member services. “People want scheduled access during the conference to leaders of utilities, federally owned generators, project developers, engineering centers, and technology innovators, among others.”
“And, they want ALL attendees – including those from exhibiting companies – to have access to these leaders,” Lear said.
The unique “Meet and Greet” area in the Clean Currents Innovation Power House. Clean Currents takes place the week of October 18, 2021, in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. The Innovation Power House is open on Wednesday, October 20, and Thursday, October 21.
NHA recently released the official schedule for these “Meet and Greets.” Attendees can look forward to meeting and engaging with more than 40 leaders and future leaders.
How Do ‘Meet and Greets’ Work?
Throughout these two days, all attendees are welcome to participate in “Meet and Greet” networking sessions.
Every 30 minutes, a specific individual or team will be in the Innovation Power House in the “Meet and Greet” area to informally meet and talk with attendees.
Clean Currents is the only waterpower industry event offering this kind of scheduled access to asset owners as well as leaders in waterpower, renewable energy, and electricity supply who are making decisions and providing leadership in waterpower and electricity supply.
Who Is Participating?
Just a few examples of who will be participating in the “Meet and Greets”:
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ contracting and procurement team, to help attendees better understand how to do business with the Corps
- Teams from six utilities with significant hydro assets; in aggregate, these teams are spending billions of dollars to modernize and upgrade their facilities and are looking for the industry supply chain to bring forward solutions
- The head of the Southeastern Power Administration, which sells 7.7 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity produced at Corps of Engineers’ hydro facilities to 473 municipal and electric cooperative customers who serve over 12 million consumers from Virginia to Mississippi and Illinois to Florida
- Individuals leading the way to move marine energy devices out of the lab and into the water
- 5 university students competing in a challenge to design a unique renewable energy city of 2030 using hydropower as one of the sources to power the city
The Innovation Power House is made possible by GE Renewable Energy, Georgia Power, and the U.S. Department of Energy.