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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

  • August 23, 2016

    As a major clean energy contributor, U.S. hydropower plays an important role today for both electricity generation and energy storage. For more than 100 years, U.S. hydropower has been an important source of low-cost, low-emissions renewable energy.

  • August 18, 2016

    In order to understand how fish swim through rivers, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed an injectable tracking device, known as an acoustic fish tag, with a self-charging battery. Funded by the Energy Department, this project is part of a long-term mission to contribute valuable research on fish migration through waterways when encountering hydroelectric dams. The key purpose of the study is to see whether or not fish become injured or hindered by the presence of hydroelectric devices.

  • August 16, 2016
    The Energy Department today announced up to $40 million in available funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to support the site selection, design, permitting, and construction of a national open-water, wave energy testing facility within U.S. federal or state waters. The Department anticipates the facility will contain at least three test berths to simultaneously and independently test wave energy devices.
  • July 26, 2016
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released a new report looking at the future of hydropower through 2050. The report, Hydropower Vision: A New Chapter for America’s First Renewable Electricity Source, finds that with continued technology advancements, innovative market mechanisms, and a focus on environmental sustainability, hydropower in the United States (U.S.) could grow from 101 gigawatts (GW) to nearly 150 GW of combined electricity generation and storage capacity by 2050.
  • July 26, 2016

    The Energy Department's Water Power Program has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) of $9.8 million for up to 12 projects to develop innovative technologies that will reduce capital costs and deployment timelines.

  • July 26, 2016

    Hydropower has been around for more than a century and is currently the nation's largest source of clean, domestic renewable electricity. Our new Hydropower Vision report explores how it could grow by 2050.

  • July 21, 2016
    The Energy Department’s Water Power Program intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to construct a national wave energy test facility inside U.S. federal or state waters. To support the full-scale testing of MHK wave energy devices, up to $40 million in funding will be provided to fund development and construction activities for a grid-connected wave test facility capable of independently and simultaneously testing at least three wave energy devices. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the full notice of intent posted to EERE Exchange to learn more.
  • July 11, 2016
    The Energy Department's Water Power Program intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for innovative technologies to advance non-powered dams and pumped-storage hydropower Development. This FOA supports the Water Power Program’s HydroNEXT initiative, the development of innovative technologies that lower cost, improve performance, and promote environmental stewardship of hydropower development across two resource classes: existing non-powered dams (NPD), and pumped storage hydropower (PSH).
  • May 24, 2016

    Teams competing in the Energy Department's Wave Energy Prize recently took a three-day break from developing their innovative technologies to meet with each other and hydropower stakeholders, and also tour the 12-million gallon wave-generating tank at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where they will test their devices this summer.

  • April 25, 2016

    Harnessing the power of water to generate electricity means finding new locations that can be upgraded with hydropower technology. The Energy Department is opening applications for a new round of funding to identify facilities that might be capable of producing electricity with the right technology. The sum of $3.5 million in funding will be awarded as incentive payments based on kilowatt hours of electricity generated.

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