Much to the chagrin of my girlfriend, the date of our anniversary is often one that escapes me.
I imagine this might be slightly more palatable to her, however, if the date my beloved alma mater, Oklahoma State, defeated Stanford to claim the 2012 Fiesta Bowl trophy — wasn’t a date I could recall without hesitation.
And even though these days I can probably recite Hoover Dam’s average annual net generation just as readily as I can Stan Musial’s lifetime batting average (4.2 billion kWh and .331 for those playing along at home), point is, athletics have always been one of my greater passions.
Whether my pre-HydroWorld.com life in sports writing caused it or not then, I’ve always had a habit of marking seasons not so much in terms of weather or month, but rather, by which sports were being played.
This time of year is particularly dreaded by the sports media being that the NBA and NHL have both recently completed their championship finals, and save a few major tennis and golf tournaments, there is little to break the mid-July doldrums besides the MLB All-Star Game.
Now tasked with writing much of the daily content for this website, I couldn’t help but draw a comparison given that hydroelectric power news has been, quite honestly, a bit hard to come by these past few weeks.
Even in the dog days of the summer sporting world, however, there is always a strong sense of anticipation simmering only slightly below the surface as NFL teams are only weeks away from reporting to training camp and preseason football polls mean fight songs will be blaring on college campuses before we know it.
It’s not entirely dissimilar to the anticipation I’m feeling now that HydroVision International 2013 is less than two weeks away, and though I might be lying if I were to say I’m as giddy about our impending trip to Denver as I am the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, there’s a lot of reasons to be excited.
Though day-to-day news might be slow as of late, it’s still an extraordinarily interesting time for the hydropower both in the United States and abroad, and I think we as an industry have much to look forward to in the coming months.
I’m personally particularly interested in HydroVision International’s Policies and Regulations track given the emphasis the current administration has put on domestic climate change and renewable energy development.
And though I envy those who will spend Tuesday morning of the event playing the Arrowhead Golf Club, I’m just as thrilled to have the opportunity to tour the Bureau of Reclamation’s Technical Service Center to better understand the science behind hydro project design and operation.
Given that this year’s HydroVision International features more than 70 program sessions, four technical tours, a half-dozen co-located events and hundreds of exhibitors, we at HydroWorld.com, and Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines hope you’re just as excited as we are.
We think this year’s conference and exposition has a lot to offer everyone in the industry, and we’re eager to hear what our friends are looking forward to most, what your companies are bringing to Denver, and what you learn in the discussions you attend.
You might have noticed that we’ve added a Twitter feed on the right side of the HydroWorld.com home page that automatically fills itself with Tweets using the #HydroVisionIntl hashtag, so we encourage you to start using it to let your colleagues know what you’re up to both before and during the event.
We’ve also released an update for our free Apple iOS and Android mobile application that adds a lot of functionality designed exclusively for HydroVision International 2013. It’s available by tapping the new “HVI” box in the top right of the Hydro Review app.
This section includes an interactive floorplan, a detailed listing for every HydroVision exhibitor, full information about every conference session and more that make it a handy tool to help navigate the Colorado Convention Center.
So again, in these last days before HydroVision International 2013 gets under way, we encourage you to use #HydroVisionIntl, take a look at the mobile app, and, most of all, get as excited about it as we are.