Deputy assistant secretary of the Army to deliver keynote address at National Hydropower Association Annual Conference

The deputy assistant secretary of the Army (Civil Works) will deliver the keynote speech at the upcoming 2010 National Hydropower Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The conference, “Hydro in the New Energy Revolution: Innovate. Generate. Legislate.,” is scheduled for April 26-28 at the Capital Hilton Hotel.

The keynote speaker is Terrence “Rock” Salt. He is the principal policy and legislative advisor to the assistant secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and assists the assistant secretary in providing policy and performance oversight for the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works directorate. He also serves as the deputy assistant secretary for policy and legislation.

Recently, the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Energy and Department of the Interior signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the development of hydropower.

Anne Castle, assistant secretary for water and science for the Department of the Interior, is scheduled to give the keynote address at the NHA event’s President’s Luncheon. Castle oversees water and science policy for the DOI and has responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.

NHA also plans to recognize U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., as its 2009 Legislator of the Year for her leadership in promoting hydropower as a renewable resource in U.S. energy policy.

A wide range of activities, meetings and sessions are planned for the NHA conference, covering many aspects of the hydropower industry. Subjects range from legislative and regulatory issues to new technologies, small hydro, pumped-storage hydro, hydropower’s role in job creation and an array of other topics.

The three-day event will bring together hydro industry leaders, state and federal regulatory officials and key legislative staff to discuss technology, policy and future development options for the hydropower sector. 

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