HYDROVISION speaker spotlight: Kurt Miller, Northwest RiverPartners

Kurt Miller

Kurt Miller, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners (NWRP), is speaking in the opening keynote session at HYDROVISION International 2021.

NWRP is a not-for-profit, member-driven organization. Its diverse members include consumer-owned utilities, ports and businesses from across the northwestern U.S. NWRP is focused on raising awareness about how the Northwest’s hydropower system betters local communities and the natural environment. In doing so, NWRP encourages science-based solutions that help hydropower and salmon coexist and thrive. Members represent more than 4 million electric utility customers, thousands of farmers and employees, and small and large businesses that provide hundreds of thousands of jobs for communities across the Northwest.

Since joining NWRP in March 2019, Miller has made it a priority to find collaborative, science-driven solutions to energy and environmental challenges. He has spent almost 30 years in the Northwest energy and utilities industry and established the first successful electricity brokerage business in the U.S. He began his career at the Bonneville Power Administration as an economist and spent 20 years at Portland General Electric in a variety of leadership and expert roles focused on energy supply, customer programs, and organizational change management. While at PGE, Miller spearheaded the development of the largest microgrid project in the region and led the successful completion of Oregon’s Electric Highway for electric vehicles.

The opening keynote session kicks off HYDROVISION International 2021 and sets the stage for several days of training, networking and opportunities to engage with members of the global hydropower industry. The session is open to all attendees.

In addition, Jason Thackston with host utility Avista will give a welcome address, discussing hydropower’s vital role in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and covering how hydro fits into Avista’s overall portfolio. And Kelly Speakes-Backman, acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, also will give a keynote address.

HYDROVISION International takes place Sept. 21-23, 2021, in Spokane, Wash., U.S. Click here to learn more and plan your trip.

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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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