Waterpower Week Features Appearances by High-Level Policy Makers

Waterpower Week Features Appearances by High-Level Policy Makers

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What do a former Prime Minister of Australia, the current chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Representatives from the states of Washington and New Hampshire, and a policy director from Microsoft all have in common?

They are all speaking at the upcoming Waterpower Week in Washington.

From April 5-7, 2022, hundreds of individuals from across the waterpower community will converge on the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. for Waterpower Week in Washington. The event, owned and organized by the National Hydropower Association (NHA), is the industry’s annual policy conference.

A number of original equipment manufacturers, law firms, consultants, engineering firms, and generating asset owners are Waterpower Week sponsors.

While at Waterpower Week, participants can choose from more 20 sessions and workshops to attend, covering a wide array of policy-related topics. Examples of topics include funding details in the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act, dam removal, licensing reform, environmental protection, and much more.

In addition to the sessions and workshops, NHA has created abundant opportunities for networking.

This year’s conference has a particular emphasis on advocacy, outreach, and engagement with policy makers and government agencies. The entire afternoon of Tuesday, April 5, is devoted to this effort.

For the afternoon, NHA staff has organized a Lobby Day, in which attendees are asked to schedule meeting with their elected officials to raise waterpower’s profile and advance the policies needed for the industry.

In addition to these “Hill visits,” attendees can meet with federal resource agencies and/or the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office on Tuesday afternoon. These meetings are at the conference venue.


This year’s Waterpower Week in Washington features more than 120 speakers from the Biden Administration, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of Energy, corporate buyers of clean energy, tribes, financiers, regulators, federal and state resource agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), waterpower project owners and developers, law firms, and wholesale electricity markets experts.

“We’re really excited about our lineup of speakers for this year’s conference,” says Malcolm Woolf, president and CEO of NHA.

Among the headliners are:

  • Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (New Hampshire)
  • Congressman Dan Newhouse (Washington)
  • Congresswoman Kim Schrier (Washington)
  • Malcom Turnbull – 29th Prime Minister, Australia (2015-2018) and Co-Chair of the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower
  • Demetrios Papathanasiou, Global Director, Energy & Extractives, The World Bank
  • David Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Richard Glick, Chairman, Federal Regulatory Commission Chairman
  • Brianne Miller, Policy Director, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft
  • Maxine Joselow, Reporter, Washington Post
  • Chrissy Camacho Borskey, Executive Director, Global Government Affairs and Policy, GE Renewable Energy
  • Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Renewable Power, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy
  • Melissa Klembara, Deputy Director for Portfolio Strategy, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jennifer Garson, Director, Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Anna McKenna, Interim Vice President, Market Policy and Performance, California Independent System Operator Corporation – CAISO
  • Tom Kiernan, President and CEO, American Rivers
  • Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director, Orbital Marine Power

Use the search tool HERE to explore more details about each of these speakers.

Registration for attending the event remains open.