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April 27, 2015
Energy Department Launches Competition to Drive Innovations in Wave Energy

The Energy Department today announced the opening of the registration period for the Wave Energy Prize competition that aims to double the state-of-the-art performance of wave energy conversion (WEC) devices over the next two years. By accelerating the development of WEC devices that capture more energy from ocean waves, the winning devices will help reduce costs and move wave energy closer to widespread commercial deployment.

April 27, 2015
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know about Hydropower

Test your energy knowledge by checking out these surprising facts about hydropower.

April 27, 2015
Hydropower Still in the Mix

Hydropower is the largest source of renewable energy in the United States, and it continues to advance with new developments, including "powering" dams that currently do not generate electricity.

April 27, 2015
Get Pumped about Pumped Storage

Often described as “giant batteries,” pumped storage hydropower (PSH) plants account for the bulk of utility-scale electrical energy storage in the United States and worldwide.

April 9, 2015
Energy Department to Fund R&D to Advance Low-Impact Hydropower Technologies

The Energy Department today announced $7 million in funding for the research and development of innovative technologies for low-impact hydropower systems. This funding will help advance hydropower drivetrains, which transfer rotational energy from turbines to generators, and structural foundations that will minimize environmental impacts and reduce the lifetime costs associated with operating and maintaining new hydropower projects.

March 24, 2015
Department of Energy, Department of the Interior and Army Corps of Engineers Renew Five-Year Partnership to Advance Hydropower

Three agencies extend partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years.

February 12, 2015
New Request for Information on Strategy to Advance the Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Industry

The Energy Department’s Water Power Program is seeking feedback from the MHK industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders regarding the Program’s activities and priorities in MHK.

January 22, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Solar Program Overview, Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

January 14, 2015
Request for Information Regarding the Testing of Marine and Hydrokinetic Systems

The Energy Department’s Water Power Program is seeking information from the MHK industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on the development details of MHK systems that have the greatest potential for commercial viability.

January 12, 2015
Energy Department Announces $8 Million to Develop Advanced Components for Wave, Tidal, and Current Energy Systems

The Energy Department today announced $8 million in available funding to spur innovation in next-generation marine and hydrokinetic control and component technologies. In the United States, waves, tides, and ocean currents represent a largely untapped renewable energy resource that could provide clean, affordable energy to homes and businesses across the country's coastal regions.