Colorado Small Hydro Association joins World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver

The Colorado Small Hydro Association (COSHA) will hold its 2012 conference May 17 at the Denver Convention Center in conjunction with the World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF) and the annual meeting of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).

COSHA Executive Director Monica Carey promised highlights of the past year’s progress in developing the state’s small hydro resources, as well as a look into the future. “Colorado continues to lead the nation in crafting innovative policies to accelerate the development of small hydro,” Carey said. “The Governor’s Energy Office program to streamline FERC requirements and the new, low-interest hydro loan offered by the Colorado Water Conservation Board are just two examples.”

Confirmed speakers include representatives from the National Hydropower AssociationColorado Governor’s Energy Office, Colorado Rural Electric Association, Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority.

Sessions will feature presentations on diverse hydro projects, from small municipal systems, like the town of Basalt’s 40-kilowatt generator, to the 7-megawatt Carter Lake facility Tri-County Water Conservancy District is building at Ridgeway Reservoir.

A cocktail reception with the Colorado Renewable Energy Society will conclude the conference.

Register online at the COSHA website. The registration fee of $75 covers the conference, breakfast, refreshments and entrance to the World Renewable Energy Forum Exhibit Hall.

“The COSHA conference is the one must-attend event each year for anyone interested in hydro development in Colorado,” said Carey.  “It provides a great opportunity to see everyone in the Colorado hydro industry, including hydro developers, equipment vendors, utilities, environmental consultants, and officials from Federal, state and local governments.”