Outreach and Advocacy: Event Attendees Meet with Congressional Elected Officials/Staff, Resource Agencies, and/or U.S. Department of Energy

“Lobby Day” is an opportunity for everyone to connect with lawmakers and their staff to share their experiences in the hydropower and marine energy industries. Despite the fact that hydropower accounted for 7% of US electricity production and 38% of renewable power production in 2020, hydropower is sometimes overlooked as clean energy resource. By connecting with Members of Congress and their staff, we can raise hydropower’s profile and advance policies that support our industry.

Raise your voice to your Congressional representatives! Learn how to request a meeting here

What do attendees need to do?
Plan on spending the afternoon on Tuesday, April 5 sharing your stories with Members of Congress and their staff.

What to expect? Having fun! Connecting with Members of Congress and their staff can be a great experience. Members of Congress are excited to learn about what their constituents are working on. Staffers are often excited to hear more about exciting technologies like waterpower and marine energy. NHA members have reported that lobbying makes them feel like their voices are heard and government works for them. We look forward to you having a similar experience.

Some Members of Congress are beginning to schedule in-person meetings, so you might be able to visit Capitol Hill. Many congressional offices are still remote, but connecting virtually with your representatives is still a rewarding experience.

Questions or Concerns? Email Will Pisano, NHA’s Director of Government Affairs (will@hydro.org).

In between meetings with Congressional offices, we encourage you to meet with staff from federal resource agencies and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office … right at the Capital Hilton Hotel.

Federal Resource Agencies “Meet and Greet” virtually with NOAA Fisheries, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Federal B Room
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office “Open House Office Hours”
Senate Room
2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Additionally, individual appointments can be scheduled for Tuesday afternoon with DOE WPTO staff.

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