HDR’s Rick Miller Receives Hydropower Industry’s Highest Honor

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) has recognized HDR’s Rick Miller, Senior Vice President, Renewable Energy Services, with the highest honor in the hydropower industry – the Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.

Created in 1990, the award is presented to a hydropower industry professional who exhibits dedication to hydropower as an energy technology; persistence in the face of institutional obstacles; appreciation and understanding of the relationships among project engineering, environment and economics; and uncommon energy, enthusiasm and excitement as a leading force in the industry. The award was presented at a ceremony April 26 during the association’s Waterpower Week in Washington, D.C.

Miller has supported NHA policy work for years by helping energy policy makers understand the importance of hydropower for grid reliability and the critical need for additional pumped storage development. He was elected to NHA’s Board of Directors in 2006 and served as NHA president in 2008-2009. As president, he was a strong national advocate for hydropower, working with the Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and congressional leaders to help them understand hydropower’s role in sound energy policy, especially grid reliability. He also established NHA’s CEO Council and Pumped Storage Development Council.

Miller articulated a vision for hydropower as a complementary energy source with wind and solar energy generation. He helped develop related joint energy policy proposals and carried the concept to FERC’s market policy office. His efforts laid the groundwork for potentially providing additional revenue to utilities and other hydropower owners that incorporate new, flexible hydropower technology.

Miller began his professional career with Duke Energy in 1978 providing engineering support for Duke’s extensive hydropower system – one of the largest privately owned hydropower systems in the country.  At Duke, he progressed through positions of increasing responsibility in capital project planning and execution, dam safety oversight, outage coordination, maintenance, operations, and fleet modernization. His responsibilities included both conventional and pumped storage hydro. He spent several years as director of operations for Duke’s hydropower system in Brazil, working closely with a rural, developing community to bring in reliable, low-cost electricity.

In 2003, Miller helped form Devine, Tarbell & Associates (DTA), a national hydropower consulting firm with services from engineering to environmental sciences and regulatory support. Three years later he became DTA’s CEO, the position he held until the firm was acquired by HDR in 2009. He now leads HDR’s hydropower practice.

Miller has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Auburn University and master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of South Carolina.

About the Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award

The Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award is the hydropower industry’s most prestigious individual achievement award. NHA established the award in 1990 in memory of Kenneth Henwood, an NHA board member, engineer and developer who died while working on a project in California. Henwood winners must show persistence in the face of institutional obstacles, exhibit fair dealing and plain speaking, and depict an appreciation of the relationships between project engineering, the environment and economics.

About the National Hydropower Association

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is a nonprofit national association dedicated exclusively to promoting the growth of clean, affordable hydropower, America’s leading renewable resource.

About HDR

HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what's possible since 1917. We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. With nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations around the world, we think global and act local.

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