Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Hydropower industry veteran David Youlen was appointed last week as the new president of the National Hydropower Association (NHA) for 2006-2007. Youlen is the vice president, New York operations, for Brookfield Power, Liverpool, New York.The NHA is the United States’ only trade association exclusively dedicated to advancing the hydropower industry. Youlen took over the leadership position from George Martin, senior environmental specialist and hydro relicensing project manager for Georgia Power, during a luncheon at the Association’s annual conference in Washington, DC. During his acceptance speech, Youlen stated several of the key objectives during his NHA presidency, including the opportunity to expand hydropower to better serve the United States’ future domestic clean energy needs. “In order for hydropower to be taken seriously by federal legislators as part of our nation’s energy solution, we must show our willingness to advance hydro by building incremental projects,” Youlen said. “Thanks to the NHA’s strong and lengthy lobbying efforts, production tax credits for incremental hydropower were incorporated into the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005.” According to Linda Church Ciocci, executive director of the NHA, “David has a long-standing commitment to the industry and passion for hydropower. His leadership will undoubtedly bring new, creative ideas and innovative resources to the NHA.” In addition to more than 30 years in the hydro industry, Youlen has experience in electric substations, transmission and electric system operations. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering, and is a New York State licensed professional engineer. Youlen is on the Board of Directors of the Independent Power Producers of New York, Albany; and the National History Museum of the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake, New York. He has been on the Board of Directors of the NHA for two years, and is active in a variety of NHA committees and in various industry conferences.