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Hydropower Memorandum of Understanding

On March 24, 2010, the Department of the Army (DOA) through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or Corps), the Department of Energy, and the Department of the Interior signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Hydropower. The purpose of the MOU is to “help meet the nation’s needs for reliable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable hydropower by building a long-term working relationship, prioritizing similar goals, and aligning ongoing and future renewable energy development efforts." Through collaboration and partnerships with other federal agencies, the hydropower industry, the research community, and numerous stakeholders, these agencies have been successful in the majority of their efforts.

The Water Power Program contributed significantly to a number of accomplishments including the completion of numerous hydropower resource assessments; the development of hydropower facility modernization and optimization tools; the demonstration of new hydropower generation technologies through collaborative research funding; the completion of a study on the effects of climate change on water availability for hydropower; and the establishment of a Federal Inland Hydropower Working Group with staff from 15 federal entities involved in hydropower.