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August 23, 2016
Pumped-storage hydropower is complementary to variable generation, such as wind and solar, because it can reduce curtailment of excess generation by providing load and energy storage, thus enabling greater integration of these resources into the electric power system. | <em>Map image courtesy of the Hydropower Vision report</em>
Pumped-Storage Hydropower Shows Promise for Boosting Energy Storage

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
A rainbow trout, one of several species of fish being tracked using PNNL's new injectable, self-charging acoustic fish tags. These devices allow scientists to research how fish migrate through waterways when encountering hydrokinetic dams. | Photo courtesy of PNNL
Self-charging Tracking Device Monitors Fish Migration through Hydroelectric Dams

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
Energy Department Announces Up to $40 Million for an Open-water Wave Energy Test Site

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
Energy Department Releases New Hydropower Vision Report and $9.8 Million in Funding to Support the Future of Hydropower in the United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released a new report looking at the future of hydropower through 2050.

July 26, 2016
Funding Opportunity Announcement: Innovative Technologies to Advance Non-Powered Dam and Pumped-Storage Hydropower Development

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 Vision: New Report Highlights Future Pathways for U.S. Hydropower

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
Notice of Intent: Wave Energy Test Facility Inside U.S. Waters

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.

July 11, 2016
Notice of Intent: Innovative Technologies to Advance Non-Powered Dams and Pumped-Storage Hydropower Development

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
The Wave Energy Prize teams got to tour the 12-million gallon Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where their devices will be tested this summer.
Wave Energy Prize Teams Make a Splash During Waterpower Week

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
The Opekiska Lock and Dam, a non-powered dam on the Monongahela River. Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Energy Department Opens New Round of Funding to Reward New Hydropower

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.