Due to the impacts and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Waterpower Week in Washington 2020 and postpone the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) to 2021. This decision, which was not made lightly, is the result of our extensive conversations with NHA’s Board of Directors, the Ocean Energy Systems (OES) Executive Committee, and feedback from our membership.
As you know, the safety of our staff and attendees is our primary concern. We also cannot predict the duration of the pandemic. As such, we chose to err on the side of caution and to avoid rescheduling for another date in 2020 that might prove unworkable.
To be sure, planning Waterpower Week and ICOE did not happen in a vacuum. From content development to recruiting moderators, countless members from our industry stepped up to help us develop the best event possible. We appreciate all that you have done and look forward to working with you in the future to make the next conferences successful.
If you are currently registered for either event, you will be issued a full refund in the method that payment was submitted. Please allow three weeks for this to be reflected in your account. If you have any questions in regards to your registration refund, please contact the registration department at NHAregistration@conferencemanagers.com for WPW and ICOEregistration@conferencemanagers.com for ICOE. Similarly, industry sponsors and exhibitors will be given the option for full reimbursement or full credit to 2021. They will be contacted by our sponsorship team (Sponsorship Boost) regarding these options. If you had a reservation at the Marriott Marquis DC, please call the hotel to cancel at 855-821-4281. Airlines have relaxed their cancellation and change fees, so please contact your airline or travel agent.
We are actively working to identify a date for Waterpower Week and ICOE 2021 and will alert you when dates are finalized.
As of today, NHA’s regional meetings will continue as scheduled, except for the NE Regional Meeting, which has already been postponed, but are subject to change. We will continue communicating with you via NHA Today and email alerts to provide up-to-date information. We also encourage you to visit our events page, www.hydro.org/events, for the latest news.
As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, NHA remains open for business, leveraging on-line tools to share industry insights and advocating on your behalf here in Washington and in the state / regional energy policy debates.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
We wish you and your families well during these uncertain times.