This year's HydroVision International, currently under way in Portland, Ore., has bested its own record with more than 3,800 attendees representing 60 countries from around the globe.
The 2015 conference and exhibition represents the world's largest gathering of professionals from the hydroelectric power sector. This year's attendance breaks the previous mark of 3,451, set at HydroVision International 2011 in Sacramento, Calif.
HydroVision International 2015 began earlier this week with a keynote session that featured officials from host utilities Pacific Power and Portland General Electric, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce and a number of major trade organizations.
"We are particularly proud to have HydroVision International here in Oregon," said Maria Pope, Senior Vice President of Power Supply and Operation for Portland General Electric. "The region's rich resources have left us with a legacy of low-cost, reliable energy."
Pope's sentiments were shared by Pacific Power president and CEO Stefan Bird.
"Hydro helps us achieve our public policy goals," Bird said. "It helps us keep the lights on and allows for additional renewables."
The keynote session also provided an update on DOE's "Hydropower Vision" initiative, which seeks to provide a long-term roadmap for the industry, as well as an overview of international opportunities for American manufacturers.
Leaders from the International Hydropower Association, National Hydropower Association, Canadian Hydropower Association and Northwest Hydroelectric Association were also included via a short documentary.
HydroVision International 2015 continues through Friday. Follow @HydroWorld for updates from Portland throughout the week.