The U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office Powering the Blue Economy™ initiative is a meaningful first step toward protecting, understanding, and leveraging the immense power and promise of the oceans to help us achieve our collective economic, social, and environmental goals. Collaboration and engagement are central to efforts supporting communities and marine life while sustainably providing power to the blue economy.

August 18, 2021

WPTO-NOAA Ocean Observing Prize Competitors to Make a SPLASH in the Olympic Peninsula

This joint prize competition between WPTO and NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Office seeks to develop new technologies that can help fill the data gaps making it difficult to realize the full potential of the Blue Economy.

June 15, 2021

National Ocean Month 2021: Sustaining Our Watery World

WPTO is working harder to protect, understand, and leverage the immense power and promise of the ocean.

June 8, 2021

The Ripple Effect of Water Power Changemakers

Nontraditional thinking empowers today's marine industry disrupters.

May 20, 2021

DOE Announces the 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Contenders

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced the 17 teams chosen to participate in the 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition: Powering the Blue Economy™.

April 30, 2021

2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competitors Help Chart the Blue Economy Course

EERE announced the winning teams at the MECC award ceremony on April 29.

April 20, 2021

WPTO Supports Effort to Help Islands and Remote Communities Develop and Sustain Reliable, Resilient Energy Systems

To help remote communities identify, measure, and develop local clean energy resources, DOE has announced the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP).

April 19, 2021

DOE and NOAA Announce Winners of the Ocean Observing Prize DESIGN Contest; Launch BUILD Contest

DOE and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are pleased to announce 7 winners of the DESIGN Contest, the first of three contests in the Powering the Blue Economy™: Ocean Observing Prize DEVELOP Competition.

February 9, 2021

Energy Department Announces Finalists to Advance to Next Stage of “Waves to Water” Desalination Prize

U.S. Department of Energy announced 10 winners in the ADAPT stage of the Waves to Water Prize.

January 13, 2021

River Hydrokinetics Reduce Dependence on Diesel in Alaska

In 2019, the Alaskan village of Igiugig worked with Ocean Renewable Power Company to deploy the RivGen® Power System.

January 13, 2021

First-Ever Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Engaged 100+ Students Across Diverse Disciplines

The Marine Energy Collegiate Competition is challenging university students to propose technical solutions and business cases for marine energy.