The U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) is advancing cutting-edge technology to modernize the U.S. hydropower fleet and drive U.S. leadership in new ocean and river energy, with the goal of delivering low-cost power and resiliency to the nation’s power grids. Subscribe to WPTO’s Breaking News email for important updates.


A European Perspective on America's Newest Marine Energy Test Site
A view of Oregon's upcoming marine and hydrokinetic energy test facility from a European perspective.
February 5, 2018
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Increase Your Energy IQ: New Hydropower Technologies for the 21st Century
Alejandro Moreno, Director of the Water Power Technologies Office, recently spoke at the U.S. Department of Energy’s speaker series, Energy Talks.
January 19, 2018
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Water Power's 2017 Top Ten
2017 was a big year for water power. Here's a look back at water power in 2017.
January 8, 2018
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Marine Energy Technologies Can Meet Energy Needs of Other Ocean Industries
WPTO held a Marine Energy Technologies Distributed and Alternate Applications Forum to discuss new applications for marine energy.
December 19, 2017
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Bud Shoemake and the Port of Toledo: An Oregon Coast Native’s Perspective on the Marine Industry, PMEC-SETS, and Local Economic Development
Bud Shoemake, Port Manager of the Port of Toledo, discusses his perspective on the marine industry.
December 4, 2017
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What You Need to Know About Water Power
Hydropower accounts for about 6% of the nation’s electricity, generating renewable energy for American homes and businesses
November 27, 2017
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Highlights from the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference
Water Power Technologies Office staff attended the 12th annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference in Portland, Oregon.
September 22, 2017
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$2.5 Million Available in Fish Passage Funding
Through its HydroNEXT initiative, the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) is committed to lowering the cost of hydropower deployment.
September 20, 2017
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Energy Department Invests up to $32 Million to Improve Resilience of the Nation’s Power Grid
DOE announced up to $32 million for research and development that will further improve the resilience of the nation's electric grid.
September 15, 2017
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WPTO to Attend Ocean Renewable Energy Conference in Portland
WPTO's MHK program will be on-site for the twelfth annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference.
September 11, 2017
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Research and Development


Technology Development: Modernizing America’s first renewable electricity source

Market Acceleration: Supporting industry growth with early-stage research

Resource Assessment and Characterization: Charting paths forward

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Technology Development: Advancing ocean and river energy

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Funding Opportunities: The latest opportunities to get involved

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Hydropower Vision

A first-of-its-kind comprehensive analysis to evaluate future pathways for low-carbon, renewable hydropower.

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Wave Energy Prize

An 18-month public competition that advanced the demonstrated energy potential of several wave energy devices.

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National Labs and Water Power
Learn about the national labs active in water power research and development.
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