The National Hydropower Association presented Michael Swiger the Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award during its annual conference in Washington, D.C., in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in the hydroelectric power industry.
Swiger, a partner at Van Ness Feldman LLP, was selected by a committee of his peers after a career spanning more than two decades working on a full range of issues related to major energy and hydropower projects.
“Mike Swiger has been a preeminent attorney who has tirelessly advocated on behalf of his clients and the hydropower industry as a whole for more than 20 years that I’ve known him,” NHA executive director Linda Church Ciocci said. “Mike is a key player in the hydropower industry and its efforts to maintain and grow the resource through improved licensing processes.
“In this work, Mike has brought a proactive approach and creative solutions throughout his storied career.”
Swiger is currently involved in several hydroelectric proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with litigation experience in appellate litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court and various U.S. courts of appeal and agency trial-type proceedings. HE has also been involved in numerous agency rulemakings and legislative policy matters relating to hydroelectric licensing.
Swiger has also chaired the Renewable Energy & the Environment and the Hydroelectric Regulation Committees of the Energy Bar Association, while also being active in various water and power trade associations — including a stint as an advisory member on the NHA’s Board of Directors.
In 2005, he was named a “Leading Energy Lawyer” in the Washington, D.C., area by The Legal Times, and he has written and spoken extensively on regulatory and environmental issues.
“In honoring Mike Swiger with this well-deserved lifetime achievement award, the selection committee is recognizing a national leader of the hydropower industry,” Church Ciocci said. “His determined promotion of hydropower as a valuable and growing resource has benefitted us all.”
The Henwood Award, established in 1990 in memory of Kenneth Henwood, is the NHA’s most prestigious individual achievement award. The award honors its namesake in recognizing persistence in the face of institutional obstacles, exhibiting fair dealing and plain speaking, and depicting an appreciation for the relationships between project engineering, the environment and economics.
More information about past Henwood Award winners can be found on the National Hydropower Association’s website.