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The Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award is the National Hydropower Association’s most prestigious individual award to recognize life-time achievement in the hydropower industry.  Those who choose to work for the hydropower industry spend their careers preserving and improving upon a unique and wonderful resource.  Among those dedicated and caring individuals are some who provide leadership, courage and strength that have made a difference for the industry as a whole.  

Dr. Kenneth Henwood, a developer and lover of the hydro resource, possessed these attributes.  The award was created in 1990 and honors this unique individual, and importantly, pays tribute to those dedicated and caring individuals who have given so much of themselves to hydropower and the hydropower industry.  The award is the industry’s highest honor and is presented to those who have brought great leadership, dedication and integrity to hydropower in the spirit of its namesake, Dr. Henwood.


  • Henwood Nomination are due August 16th.  You can start your application now and save it to be completed later!
  • The award ceremony will take place during the 2021 Clean Currents in Atlanta, GA, October 20-22, 2021 at the Georgia World Congress Center 

Criteria for Nominations

The Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award is presented to an individual within the hydro industry 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;
  • A strong commitment for fair dealing and plain speaking
  • Uncommon energy, enthusiasm, and excitement as a leading force in the industry.


Dr. Kenneth Henwood: A Biography

Kenneth Henwood was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in San Jose, California.  He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering and a doctorate in Environmental Science from the University of California at Davis.  Henwood founded Henwood Energy Services Inc, a consulting firm based in Sacramento, California that specializes in licensing and relicensing hydropower projects.  Today, the firm is led by his brother, Mark, who has remained active in hydro licensing and development.

Ken was a strong believer in hydropower as an environmentally preferable energy source.  At the young age of 45, he died of injuries suffered from a fall while working on plans for a plant in the mountains near Georgetown, California.  He is well remembered by those individuals who had the good fortune of meeting and working with him.

Henwood spent a great deal of time working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Ron Corso was head of the hydropower licensing division at that time and describes Henwood as “very committed to hydro development” and as a person who “went about the business of developing hydro projects with an intensity, dedication and a passion for seeing his work become a reality.”  Reflecting on the career of this dedicated lover of hydro, Corso said “Henwood never wavered or let obstacles deter him from his passion; he became successful because he truly believed in what he was doing.”

NHA former President Gail Greely once said that Henwood’s degrees in engineering and environmental science allowed him to both design projects and to intelligently supervise environmental study work.  She said of him, “He could do it all; I have never known anybody like Ken before, and I never will again."


Previous Henwood Recipients 

2020 Henwood Recipient - Marc Gerken

2019 Henwood Recipient - Linda Church Ciocci

2018 Henwood Recipient - Michael Murphy

2017 Henwood Recipient - David Moller

2016 Henwood Recipient - Rick Miller

2015 recipient: John Suloway
2014 recipient: Michael Swiger
2013 recipient: Andy Sims
2012 recipient: E. Mark Garner
2011 recipient: Charles Alsberg
2010 recipient: Selim Chacour
2009 recipient: David J. Youlen
2008 recipient: Bill Smith
2007 recipient: R. Michael Akridge
2006 recipient: Ronald A. Corso
2005 recipient: Dan E. Jarvis