Clean Currents 2023

About Clean Currents 2023

Clean Currents 2023-The Basics

Dates: October 10 – 13 , 2023

Event Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Questions: 816.588.4639 or send an email.

The Official All-Encompassing Waterpower Event That’s for the Industry, by the Industry.

Clean Currents—the official waterpower trade show + conference of the non-profit National Hydropower Association—heads to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2023.

Centralized within the continental United States and convenient to attendees from all over the U.S. and Canada, Cincinnati will be a dynamic hub of waterpower innovation. The Clean Currents experience begins as early as Tuesday, October 10, with business meetings, activities, tours and our Deep Dive Workshops. The conference and trade show takes place in CC Central Wednesday and Thursday, and we wrap up Clean Currents 2023, Friday, October 13 with additional business meetings, tours, and our Deep Dive Workshops. You can view the full schedule here. See where Hydro is Heading in the industry at Clean Currents 2023!

As a Clean Currents 2023 attendee, you will find your time in Queen City invaluable. You’ll be immersed in the innovative solutions, technical knowledge, networking opportunities, and thought leadership necessary to ensure your organization leads the clean energy future.

Designed with industry input and driven by industry needs, proceeds from Clean Currents will fund NHA’s work to secure waterpower’s place as a climate-friendly, renewable, and reliable energy source that serves national environmental, energy, and economic policy objectives. At Clean Currents 2023, you’ll see that Hydro is Heading toward a more sustainable future for the industry!

6 Reasons to Attend Clean Currents 2023

  • CONNECT with the right people from across an invested waterpower community. More than a thousand waterpower professionals are expected to attend, from our core community of asset owners to industry suppliers/partners and subject matter experts.
  • MAXIMIZE your professional development dollars. Clean Currents makes learning from peers throughout the North American waterpower industry easy and efficient. Just a few focused days away from your desk sets you up for long-term success in your role.
  • EXPLORE the latest solutions from across the waterpower supply chain. Learn how to improve operations, ensure safety, and support environmental sustainability.
  • EXPERIENCE innovation and visionary thinking and gain new insights. Hear from speakers with an eye toward the future and engage in thought-provoking discussions.
  • BUILD the clean energy future. Capitalize on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs and the Inflation Reduction Act, drive innovation, address waterpower workforce development, and find answers to industry challenges.
  • SUPPORT your industry’s advocate. Reinvested proceeds from Clean Currents help fund the National Hydropower Association’s advocacy efforts for the waterpower industry – improving the industry for all of us.

See our “Who Should Attend” section for more reasons to join us in Cincinnati!

The Clean Currents Story | It’s Where Hydro is Heading!

By the Industry. For the Industry. For Now and Into the Future.

The headwaters that formed the National Hydropower Association’s Clean Currents tradeshow + conference originated from a desire throughout the waterpower community that it was time for the industry, in particular, NHA, to develop a bold, new event that would bring the industry together for the betterment of the industry.

The vision was an event dedicated to advancing conventional hydropower, pumped storage, small hydro, and marine energy as reliable and flexible sources of clean energy now and into the future. This vision aligned with NHA’s growth and evolution in its leadership to position waterpower for success in the decades to come.

We Began With Industry Feedback …

We started by listening to waterpower’s generators, manufacturers, and suppliers. In 2018, NHA began to solicit input from members and non-members on industry event wants and needs. Our process included in-depth listening sessions with NHA members.

As a result of the input we were gathering, the NHA Board of Directors created a “New Event” Advisory Committee in 2019. The committee was charged with setting in motion a plan to develop a new waterpower event that would launch in 2021

.… Then Created Clean Currents to Meet Industry Needs

The constructive dialogue and insights gathered during our listening phase guided us to design the Clean Currents experience around:

Reinvestment in our Industry

A key driver in the creation of Clean Currents was the observation by NHA and industry representatives that the returns on investments in national events were not necessarily flowing back into the industry.

Proceeds from Clean Currents fund NHA’s work to secure hydropower’s place as a climate-friendly, renewable, and reliable energy source that serves national environmental, energy, and economic policy objectives.

Innovation and Growth

We identified a need for a “space” that would foster industry research and development, information exchange, and innovation. This is critical to help the industry grow its current 101 gigawatts (GW) of capacity by nearly 50 GW by 2050, as outlined in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydropower Vision report, published in 2016. Facilitating innovation is also critical to harnessing the potential 90 GW from marine energy estimated by the U.S. hydropower industry.

We’re thinking forward! A spirit of innovation and growth flows through all aspects of Clean Currents—from conference programming to the tradeshow floor. Together, we will explore ways to leverage promising new technologies along with proven products and solutions to increase hydropower generation.

A Better Mix of Attendee Types

There was a general consensus among those we spoke with that other national hydropower events don’t offer the desired mix of owner/operator attendees and industry vendors, which are over-represented. Asset owners support Clean Currents—1 in every 3 attendees of Clean Currents 2022 was an asset owner. 39% of 2021 attendees were waterpower industry leaders and decision-makers.

A Bigger Tent

Prior to the formation of Clean Currents, there wasn’t one event that would allow all sectors of the waterpower industry to convene, communicate and collaborate. Clean Currents brings together professionals from conventional hydropower, pumped storage, small hydro, marine energy, government agencies, regulators, NGOs, and consultants. Clean Currents 2022 attracted a full spectrum of industry roles, including executive leadership, engineers, portfolio managers, operations superintendents/managers, portfolio managers, general managers, and subject matter experts.

Expanded Education

Industry perceptions of education opportunities available at other national events are that they are too focused on technical education or that the content changes little from year to year. Furthermore, exhibiting organizations do not have access to educational programming. Clean Currents’ educational programming is unique, comprehensive, accessible, and driven by industry thought leaders. Topics include safety, security, markets, environmental enhancement, engineering, operations and maintenance, licensing/regulatory, and more.

About NHA

The National Hydropower Association is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to promoting the growth of clean, affordable US waterpower in all of its forms, ranging from conventional hydropower to pumped storage to marine energy. It seeks to secure waterpower’s place as a climate-friendly, renewable, and reliable energy source that serves national environmental, energy, and economic policy objectives.

NHA represents more than 300 organizations in the North American waterpower industry, from Fortune 500 corporations to family-owned small businesses. Our members include both public and investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, developers, manufacturers, product and service providers, environmental and engineering consultants, attorneys, and public policy, outreach, and education professionals.

All proceeds from Clean Currents will go directly toward funding the work of NHA.

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