WPTO has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to release a funding opportunity for innovative design concepts for standard modular hydropower and pumped storage hydropower. The first topic area seeks to stimulate innovative design concepts for small, low-head hydropower plants capable of lowering the capital costs and reducing the environmental impacts of development at new stream-reach (i.e., greenfield) sites. The second topic area explores new use cases for pumped storage hydropower. The NOI indicates two areas of interest for pumped storage: one for technology concepts that address critical barriers or tap new value; and the other for analysis and modeling enhancements that illustrate how pumped storage can improve electricity system resilience, reliability, and economic efficiency. Read more.