Industry Feedback, Input Requested for Clean Currents Educational Program

Industry Feedback, Input Requested for Clean Currents Educational Program

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The National Hydropower Association (NHA) seeks guidance, input, and counsel as it develops the content for the new Clean Currents conference, October 20-22, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

NHA member companies, the industry at large, and those that influence, regulate, and affect the industry are encouraged to help shape the educational program by answering a few brief questions in a short survey. NHA, the conference owner/organizer, and Georgia Power, the host utility, encourage all to share their needs and desires, in order to assure that content for the event answers the needs of the industry. 

This is the industry’s event and, as such, we value input … not only about topics but about how you like to learn, says Malcolm Woolf, President and CEO of NHA. ”We’ve gained lots of insight through the pandemic, one of which is the importance of understanding how people want to learn.” 

Our objective at Clean Currents is to offer a variety of learning formats such as hands-on tours, workshops, and informal roundtables, in addition to more traditional panel discussions and formal technical presentations.NHA is committed to delivering content in compelling ways to create an educational experience unique to Clean Currents,” Woolf says. 

One example is creation of an Innovation Powerhouse in the center of the exhibit hall. Powered by GE Renewable Energy, Southern Company, and the U.S. Department of Energy, this spot will be a hub for discussions about and demonstrations of innovative, cutting-edge technologies. These technologies, if applied in the hydro industry, could aid in solving tough technical challenges and move the industry forward. 

The Innovation Powerhouse also offers scheduled appearances by leaders of utilities, federal generators, government agencies, and academia being invited to share their projects and progress related to innovation. 

“I encourage everybody to review our unique education approach for Clean Currents and provide input at your earliest convenience,” Woolf says. “It’s exciting to see the feedback already coming in! It’s really helping us understand both the topics needed and the desired formats for learning.”