To meet its objectives of connecting and educating the North American waterpower industry, the National Hydropower Association (NHA) offers several “public” events each year, and the 2023 line-up is available here.
These events are available for any individual to attend (registration fees are required). In all cases, employees working for NHA member organizations are eligible for reduced registration rates.
NHA hosts two national events each year: Waterpower Week and Clean Currents. Despite both being NHA events, they serve different purposes. Waterpower Week, for instance, is a legislation-, regulation-, and markets-focused event, while Clean Currents prides itself on being a “by the industry, for the industry” experience.
In addition, the two events attract different audiences. Waterpower Week draws attendees that include hydropower asset owners, Congressional policy makers, Federal and state regulators, and companies that provide regulatory and licensing related services. While Clean Currents appeals to engineers, general managers, plant operators, regulators, research entities, and non-profit organizations.
Clean Currents Conference + Tradeshow, October 10-13, 2023, Cincinnati, Ohio
Host utilities: American Municipal Power, Duke Energy, and the City of Hamilton
This annual event, which changes location each year, is the industry-wide waterpower event in North America each year – covering all aspects of the hydro market, but the focus is on operations, innovation, technology, and technical best practices.
Waterpower Week in Washington, May 8-10, 2023, Washington, D.C.
This annual event, which is held in Washington, D.C., has a specific focus on policy/regulations/wholesale electric markets and interaction with Congressional members and staff, regulatory agencies, natural resource agencies, and RTOs/ISOs.
Typically, NHA organizes four of these events a year in various regions of the United States. The regional meetings are, generally, 1 to 2-day events designed to focus on content relevant to specific regions of the United States.
2023 Midwest Regional Meeting, April 25-26, Middleton, Wisconsin
Host Utility: Alliant Energy
The first regional meeting of 2023, the Midwest Regional will take place at the Marriott Madison West. While the agenda is still in development, Alliant Energy will be providing a tour of the Prairie du Sac Dam. Opening in 1914, the Prairie du Sac Dam is the widest on the Wisconsin River (3,247 feet) and has a generation capacity of about 31 MW. The tour will include technical information and the opportunity to see the project up close and its cost is included with the cost of registration.
2023 Northeast Regional Meeting, July 25-26, Springfield, Massachusetts
Host Utility: FirstLight Power
Taking place in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Northeast Regional Meeting’s host company is FirstLight Power. FirstLight Power will also be providing a tour of Northfield Mountain Pumped Hydropower Storage Station, which is the largest energy storage facility in New England and is capable of powering more than 1 million homes for 7.5 hours a day.
2023 Alaska Regional Meeting, August 24-25, Valdez, Alaska
The location and host utility has yet to be determined, but stay tuned here for more updates.
2023 California Regional Meeting, December 13-14, San Diego, California
Host Utility: San Diego County Water Authority
Taking place in San Diego, California, the California regional meeting is the last one of 2023. The event will take place at the Guild Hotel in downtown San Diego, and the host utility is San Diego County Water Authority.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To find out more about NHA’s events, please reference this page for details and updates, or reach out to Marycella Dumlao, Project Coordinator and Meeting Planner, at email@example.com with any questions.