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December 22, 2015
Year in Review: Celebrating Wind Energy and Water Power

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
Accepting Applications: $3.96 Million Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program

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
New Hydropower, Hidden in Plain Sight

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
Innovative Hydropower Technology Now Powering an Apple Data Center

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
Making a Difference: Hydropower and Our Clean Energy Future

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
Energy Department Awards $6.5 Million to Advance Low Environmental Impact Hydropower Technologies

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
Current Obsession: AC/DC

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
River Turbine Provides Clean Energy to Remote Alaskan Village

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.

August 14, 2015
Wave Energy Prize Narrowed from 92 Teams to Top 20

After an unprecedented 92 teams registered to compete in the Energy Department-funded Wave Energy Prize, today we announced the top 20 teams. These teams all passed through Technology Gate 1: providing a thorough technical submission detailing their device and its functionality.

August 6, 2015
Energy Department Awards $7.4 Million to Develop Advanced Components for Wave and Tidal Energy Systems

The Energy Department today announced four entities selected to receive $7.4 million to spur innovation of next-generation water power component technologies, designed for manufacturability and built specifically for marine and hydrokinetic systems.