About Waterpower Week in Washington

The National Hydropower Association’s Waterpower Week in Washington is the nation’s premier hydropower and marine energy event. Each year, industry professionals and power producers and suppliers converge on the nation’s capital to shape the future of waterpower.

Waterpower Week is comprised of three co-located conferences rolled into one: NHA’s Annual Conference, International Marine Renewable Energy Conference (IMREC), and Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS). This 3-day jam packed event provides you the opportunity to network, learn about legislative and regulatory initiatives, and discuss the issues impacting hydropower and marine energy industry.

What to expect

Are you curious about the cross-border hydro interactions between U.S. and Canada? Or maybe you’re interested in an alternative to FERC relicensing? Perhaps you are a marine energy professional interested how MHK can contribute to grid reliability. At Waterpower Week, these are just a fraction of session topics available to you on day one alone. Without question, Waterpower Week is the chief platform for industry advancement and learning, while ensuring waterpower's message is being heard within the Beltway.

In addition to a full slate of learning sessions, you will also have the opportunity to hear from key federal agency and government officials. In years past, Waterpower Week has hosted the following featured speakers:

  • U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
  • FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur
  • U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Major General Ed Jackson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA)
  • Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)
  • Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA)
  • Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
  • Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
  • Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA)




For 2018, we are planning an exciting conference with a host of networking events for you to enjoy:

  • Young Professionals in Hydro Networking Gathering
  • Women in Waterpower Breakfast
  • Hydraulic Power Committee (HPC) Dinner
  • Washington Nationals Baseball Game

Benefits of attending the event:

  • Build strong relationships between professionals, law makers and water resource stakeholders.
  • Attend many different networking events to make a further connection with colleagues
  • Share knowledge, expertise and viewpoints toward effective hydropower and marine energy solutions
  •  Gain a better understanding of current and future challenges affecting hydro during the 30 exciting conference sessions
  • Earn 14 Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits if registered to any of the three events– attendees registered to any of the three events are eligible to receive 14 professional development hours.

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The National Hydropower Association thanks the individuals who have volunteered to conceive and develop high-quality, useful content for the NHA Annual Conference, International Marine Renewable Energy Conference (IMREC), and Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS).

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