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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.

December 1, 2014
Energy Department Announces $4.4 Million to Advance Hydropower Manufacturing

The Energy Department today announced a total of $4.4 million for two projects in Michigan and Pennsylvania to support the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in the development of new “low-head” hydropower technologies.

October 29, 2014
Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Full-Scale Wave Energy Device Testing

The Energy Department, in coordination with the Navy, today announced funding for two companies to test their innovative wave energy conversion devices in new deep water test berths off the waters of the Navy’s Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Ocean Energy USA will leverage lessons learned from previous quarter-scale test deployments that have led to design improvements for a full-scale deployment of their Ocean Energy Buoy. Northwest Energy Innovations will build and test a full-scale model of its Azura device.

October 22, 2014
Making Hydropower More Eco-Friendly

Find out how the Energy Department is helping to improve hydropower technologies.

October 20, 2014
Energy Department Seeks Additional Feedback on Draft Guidance for the Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program

The Department of Energy is currently inviting comments from the general public on revised guidance relating to the implementation of Section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the “Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program.”