Hydropower and Colorado: A winning combination

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The State of Colorado in the U.S. is known to many as a beautiful vacation destination, but it’s also got a rich connection to the hydroelectric power industry.

In fact, more than 200 rivers flow through Colorado, and the first AC hydroelectric generating plant in the world, Ames, was built more than 100 years ago near Telluride, Colo.

There are many power producers in the state, with hydro plants of all sizes. These include the Bureau of Reclamation, City of Boulder, Colorado Springs Utilities, Denver Water, Northern Water and Xcel Energy.

The state even has two pumped storage hydropower plants. In fact, in April 2021, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB21-1052, Define Hydroelectricity as Renewable Energy, concerning the inclusion of some pumped hydroelectric energy generation in the definition of “eligible energy resources” for purposes of meeting Colorado’s renewable energy standard (RES).

In addition to power producers, several groups related to hydropower and dams are based in Colorado, such as the Hydropower Foundation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and U.S. Society on Dams. Important universities in the state are Colorado State University and the Colorado School of Mines.

HYDROVISION International was last held in Denver in 2017, and we’re returning for 2022.

Another great perk of Denver as a location for HYDROVISION International is its status as a large hub airport. It is easy to fly into from most locations in the U.S. and Canada and even offers direct flights to many international destinations.

We hope you’ll be able to join us in Denver July 12-14, 2022, for what promises to be an unparalleled event, with more than 60 conference sessions, our Waterpower Hydro Basics course, multiple networking opportunities and an exhibit hall filled with hundreds of product and service providers to meet any industry need.

Mark your calendars, and don’t forget to submit an abstract or submit your name as a potential speaker, to help us educate the global hydropower industry next July.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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