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Denver, Colorado, USA - Home to HYDROVISION 2024!

Colorado, USA is known to many as a beautiful vacation destination, but it’s also got a rich connection to the hydroelectric power industry.

In fact, more than 200 rivers flow through Colorado, and the first AC hydroelectric generating plant in the world, Ames, was built more than 100 years ago near Telluride, CO.

There are many power producers in the state, with hydro plants of all sizes. These include the Bureau of Reclamation, City of Boulder, Colorado Springs Utilities, Denver Water, Northern Water, and Xcel Energy.

The state even has two pumped storage hydropower plants. In fact, in April 2021, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB21-1052, Define Hydroelectricity as Renewable Energy, concerning the inclusion of some pumped hydroelectric energy generation in the definition of “eligible energy resources” for purposes of meeting Colorado’s renewable energy standard (RES).

In addition, Denver is an easy destination to access via airplane, with nonstop flights to well over 200 airports in the U.S. and nearly 30 airports around the world.

Visit local hydropower plants with our In-the-Field Technical Tours!

At HYDROVISION International® 2024, you have the opportunity to get exclusive In-the-Field access to hydroelectric facilities and hydropower research centers.

In-the-Field tours are one of the best ways to learn about other facilities and explore the region where the event is taking place. Space is limited on all tours.

Visit Carter Lake Hydro Plant and Estes Park Hydro Plant

Monday, July 15th, 2024 

9:30 am – 5:00 pm 

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.


Visit Boulder Canyon Hydro Plant, NREL's Flatirons Campus, and USBR Technical Service Center 

Tuesday, July 16th, 2024 

 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.


Visit Emrgy's Installation and Denver Water's Ralston Reservoir

Tuesday, July 16th, 2024

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Space is limited to 60 registrants (30 per time slot).


About the Colorado Convention Center

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The Colorado Convention Center opened in 1990 and has undergone a recent major expansion to include new features that make it the most high-tech and user-friendly meeting and event space in the nation!

Well-known as one of the most practical and “user friendly” meeting facilities, the Center is home to 230+ events annually. The Center is located within easy walking distance of several hotels, 300 restaurants, and a wide variety of shopping and retail outlets.

In addition, the Center is committed to helping protect the environment! Here are some of the ways the Center is making a change:

  • Water bottle filling stations are installed at each water fountain for a more convenient way to reuse water bottles.

  • 300kw rooftop Solar Array: Installed in 2008, the system produces approximately 400,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. This saved the equivalent of 282 metric tons (MtCO2e) of carbon dioxide emissions as compared to conventionally produced electricity, which equates to saving 31,676 gallons of gasoline or 655 barrels of oil.

  • All office, toilet, and tissue paper are post-consumer recycled content, food & beverage service ware are compostable, and all cleaning supplies are bio-renewable.

For more information on the Colorado Convention Center and its sustainability efforts, please visit

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