The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is holding the 2022 Northeast Regional Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 27 and 28, 2022. With 18 sponsors supporting the event, the Northeast Regional Meeting offers the unique opportunity to connect with peers working in the northeastern region of the U.S.
While NHA’s national events, Clean Currents and Waterpower Week, are well-known for their industry and policy agendas, the National Hydropower Association also runs numerous regional events throughout the year. This series of meetings provides opportunities for NHA member organizations in specific regions of the United States to network with one another, as well as those in, and affecting, the industry.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NORTHEAST MEETING
The host for the 2022 Northeast Region Meeting is Constellation Energy, formerly Exelon, who, as part of the meeting, are hosting a tour of its 548-MW Conowingo hydro project. Located on the Susquehanna River, the Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station, which is 45 miles northeast of Baltimore City, is one of the nation’s largest hydroelectric generating stations. Operating since 1928, the Conowingo Hydroelectric Station generates enough electricity to power 165,000 homes. As the largest source of renewable energy in Maryland, attendees will have the unique opportunity to gain insight from the team who run the facility.
Over the past few years, Conowingo Dam has worked with the Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Department of Natural Resources to facilitate the safe passage of American eels. The eels carry baby mussels, which clean the water and improve the ecosystem’s health, and are viewed as an integral part of introducing clean water benefits to both the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River. As of August 31, 2021, over 500,000 eels have been captured at the Conowingo Dam for transport, and they mark the third straight year of increasing eel numbers. To help facilitate the process, Constellation Energy is constructing a second eel ramp, as well as providing $25 million to create and sustain a large-scale mussel restoration effort in the Susquehanna River over the next 50 years.
WHY REGIONAL EVENTS MATTER
The Northeast Regional meeting provides a way for professionals across the Northeast to network with one another while learning more about the issues and location-specific challenges affecting the region. The bevy of sponsors illustrates the importance the waterpower industry places on NHA’s regional events, and the opportunity, as well as the connections, make the meeting a valuable opportunity.
If you’re interested in attending or learning more about NHA’s Northeast Regional Meeting, visit the resource page to view the location, registration details, and hotel rates.