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Water Power News

Below are news stories about conventional hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic technologies from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Water Power Program, and other federal agencies.

Recent News

  • January 11, 2016
    The Wind and Water Power Technologies Office is seeking applicants for a new position available within the office. See below for more information. Job title: General Engineer—Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Engineer Organization: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Location: Washington, D.C. Description: The Wind and Water Power Technologies Office’s mission is to develop innovative technologies that enable a rapid expansion of electricity generation from wind and water resources for the production of clean, affordable, reliable, domestic energy.
  • December 28, 2015

    The Energy Department today announced six organizations selected to receive up to $10.5 million to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related improvements.

  • December 22, 2015

    Renewable energy from wind and water had a big year in 2015. As the year comes to a close, we celebrate the milestones of renewable electricity generation in wind and water power with a list of some of our largest accomplishments.

  • December 16, 2015

    A second round of funding for the Section 242 Hydroelectric Incentive Program is now available from the Energy Department's Water Power Program.

  • December 16, 2015

    The federal government's new Section 242 Hydroelectric Production Incentive is harnessing existing non-hydroelectric dams and conduits to provide new sources of hydroelectric energy.

  • November 24, 2015

    The Schneider family continues a family legacy of developing new hydropower technologies through their company, Natel Energy. Apple is now buying power from a hydropower installation of theirs in Oregon.

  • November 5, 2015

    Hydropower is one of our best renewable energy sources. By helping develop hydropower, EERE is Making A Difference in generating clean, sustainable and affordable electricity for millions of American homes and businesses.

  • September 14, 2015
    Today, the Energy Department announced seven organizations selected to receive $6.5 million to advance the manufacturing and installation of low environmental impact hydropower technologies. The projects will address three technical areas: rapidly deployable civil works technologies, innovative methods and materials for hydropower construction, and powertrain components.
  • August 31, 2015

    Though humans have been harnessing water to perform work for thousands of years, the evolution of modern hydropower began in the late 1800’s–coincidentally at the same time that Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were embroiled in a battle now known as the War of the Currents.

  • August 18, 2015

    A revolutionary river turbine device, developed with funding from DOE, will provide affordable power to a remote Alaskan village. If successful, this project will pave the way for making greater use of hydrokinetic tidal energy in the future.

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