NHA sponsors forum on developing hydro at existing dams

The National Hydropower Association is sponsoring a forum May 13 on non-federal hydropower development at federal dams immediately following the organization’s May 11-13 annual meeting.

Brent Mahan, director of the Corps of Engineers’ Hydroelectric Design Center, will facilitate the post-conference forum, planned for 1-3 p.m. on May 13.

NHA is organizing the forum to help streamline the process for adding conventional and hydrokinetic technologies to existing federal dams, lands, and river reaches. (HNN 3/13/09) Such incremental hydropower has been encouraged by federal incentives including production tax credits. (HNN 2/24/09) Nevertheless, NHA said such development can be challenging, requiring coordination with multiple federal agencies.

Project developers, consultants, licensing specialists, and suppliers attending the Wednesday afternoon forum will have an opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions with representatives of the Corps, Bureau of Reclamation, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, NHA said.

The new forum is one of more than 20 sessions NHA is offering at, or in conjunction, with its annual conference, �Tapping the Future: Hydropower, Energy Demand, and Water Supply.� (HNN 3/30/09) The conference agenda is on NHA’s Internet site at www.hydro.org/conference2009/program.php.

Full conference registration fee available until April 30

Participants may register online at NHA’s Internet site, www.hydro.org/conference2009, or send completed forms with payment to NHA/PennWell, P.O. Box 973059, Dallas, TX 75397-3059. Orders by credit card or purchase order may submitted by fax to (1) 918-831-9161, or e-mailed to registration@pennwell.com. Direct phone inquires about registration to (1) 888-299-8016; or (1) 918-831-9160.

The full registration fee, available until April 30, is $780 for members and federal agency representatives, and $880 for non-members. The on-site fee begins May 1 and is $835 for members and federal agency representatives, and $935 for non-members.

An additional $50 discount on each full registration is offered to companies registering four or more participants. To qualify for that discount, all registrations must be submitted together. The discount is not available to speakers. The registration fee for speakers is $665.

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