Senator Lisa Murkowski to deliver keynote at National Hydropower Association conference

The National Hydropower Association announces that U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will be a special keynote guest speaker at the upcoming 2011 NHA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The 2011 National Hydropower Association (NHA) conference program will provide an overview of what’s new in the industry and how the new Congress will affect hydropower’s role in America’s renewable energy future. The three-day event is planned for April 4-6 at the Capital Hilton Hotel.

Senator Murkowski, R-Alaska, is the current ranking member on the Committee for Energy and Natural Resources. Her home state is rich in hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic resources, and she is a strong supporter of increased deployment of these projects, says Linda Church Ciocci, executive director of NHA. In the 111th Congress, she was the primary sponsor of the Hydropower Improvement Act of 2010.

Murkowski will address conference delegates on Tuesday, April 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and will share her views on the future of hydropower and renewable energy development in the United States.

A wide range of activities, meetings and sessions are planned for the NHA event, covering many aspects of the hydropower industry. Subjects covered include governmental and licensing issues related to hydropower development, marine and hydrokinetic projects, legal issues relating to hydro and an array of other topics.

In session 2C, “Hydro’s Agenda in the New Congress,” attendees will participate in a discussion of what the new political reality means for hydropower policy priorities and implementation strategies. Joy Ditto, director of legislative affairs for the American Public Power Association, is among the speakers scheduled to participate in the session.

During session 9A, “Spotlight on Marine and Hydrokinetic Projects,” conference delegates will get up-to-date on the progress of marine and hydrokinetic technology and specific project developments. Speakers in this session include Christopher Sauer, president and CEO of Ocean Renewable Power Company, and other marine hydro sector leaders.

For session 5C, “$200 Million and Counting: Progress Report on DOE’s Waterpower Program,” attendees will get details and updates on DOE’s current work, including resources assessments on growth opportunities, greenhouse gas reservoir emissions, grid services benefits, next-generation turbines and emerging marine and hydrokinetic technologies. Rajesh Dham, technology viability engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy, and Deborah Linke, program director for the Hydro Research Foundation, are among the featured speakers in this session.

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