History & By-laws
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Who Are We?
Hydroelectric Association (NWHA) provides a regional voice for the
hydropower industry, representing the needs of its membership since 1981.
NWHA is dedicated to the
promotion of the region's waterpower as a clean, efficient energy
while protecting the fisheries and environmental quality which
characterize our Northwest region.
NWHA promotes streamlining regulatory processes that encourage
responsible development of
untapped hydro in the nation.
Who Do We Represent?
NWHA's membership represents all
segments of the hydropower industry -- independent developers and energy producers; public
and private utilities; manufacturers and distributors; local, state
and regional governments including water and irrigation districts;
consultants: engineers, financiers, environmental scientists,
attorneys and other consulting firms; Native Americans; and
contractors. While the bulk of our membership is located in the
Northwest, including Northern California, our membership also includes entities from other states as
well as national and international
How Do We Represent Our Members?
NWHA reports to its membership on actions occurring before
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other federal
agencies and Provides input to the National Hydropower Association
and other affiliates on Congressional issues.
Members in each of the states coordinate their efforts before
Legislatures, the public utility commissions and various state agencies to support the
NWHA provides Operations and Maintenance Seminars on an
annual basis. Project operators
share in-the-field experience and problem-solving techniques and tours of
Why is Membership Important?
Your support of your regional trade association provides you immediate
access to industry information and enhances the impact of the Northwest industry in
presenting issues from a strong, unified base to state and national policymakers.
Because we support you here in the region on issues that impact local hydropower
development and operation, NWHA provides a unique service that complements your
participation in national associations.
conferences, operation & maintenance seminars
and other activities, we can provide you with pertinent local
information to enhance your commitment to the hydropower
industry--an industry key to the nation's energy future. Download
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becoming an NWHA member.
How Do We Communicate with Our Members?
NWHA Web Site
News and information about hydropower issues are posted to the NWHA
website as they occur, 24/7.
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Useful links to hydro-related Internet resources are presented.
NWHA , with cooperation from
FERC, has provided Northwest outreach programs annually since its inception in 1981. A
3-day conference, usually each winter, focuses on a variety of issues including,
but not limited to, regulatory procedures, marketing, finance, mitigation, fish passage
and technological aspects of project development.
The participation of regulatory agencies
utilities and other project developers among a broad spectrum of national and regional speakers provides
opportunities for education and networking. Member registrations are discounted for
As issues become
prominent in the Northwest, other seminars are offered from time-to-time.
Past seminars have focused on such topics as
compliance, Endangered Species Act Mitigation, fish passage and hatchery