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Below are news updates about hydropower and marine energy technologies from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Water Power Technologies Office, and other federal agencies.

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May 21, 2019
New Round of Hydroelectric Incentive Funding Now Available
The Water Power Technologies Office is now accepting applications for $6.6 million under section 242 of Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT).
May 20, 2019
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Deadline Extended: Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time (FAST) to Commissioning for Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) Prize
The FAST Commissioning for PSH Prize seeks solutions and technologies that address the non-regulatory challenges PSH developers face.
May 20, 2019
EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $21.6 Million for Phase I Innovation Projects
American small businesses got nearly a $22 million boost from EERE with Phase 1 Release II selections
April 18, 2019
Announcing the Winners of the Make a Splash Photo Contest
Winners were announced and displayed at Waterpower Week, which was held in Washington, D.C.
April 8, 2019
Energy Department Announces New Prize to Accelerate Pumped Storage Hydropower
Energy Department announces FAST, a new prize competition to support the development of pumped storage hydropower.
April 1, 2019
Funding Selections Announced for Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower
Today, DOE announced selections for innovations that reduce cost and maximize the value of hydropower development and pumped storage hydropower.
April 1, 2019
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DOE Announces Up to $26.1 Million to Advance Hydropower and Marine Energy
New funding will drive innovative industry-led solutions to advance marine and hydrokinetics and hydropower technologies.
March 22, 2019
Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Marine Energy Research and Testing Program
DOE's TEAMER Program will bring together capabilities from universities and the national laboratory system to advance marine energy technologies.
March 22, 2019
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World Water Day: Recognizing the Importance of Clean and Affordable Water
In celebration of World Water Day, EERE would like to help recognize the importance of safe, secure, and affordable water.
March 19, 2019
WPTO at Water Power Week in Washington 2019
WPTO and its national laboratories will participate as speakers and panelists over the course of the week.
March 7, 2019
Women of Water Power
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ve interviewed some of the women working across the Water Power Technologies Office.
February 25, 2019
DOE Announces Prize Competition for Wave Energy Water Desalination
Prize builds on DOE efforts to spur U.S. Innovation through competition to accelerate technology development.
February 13, 2019
New WPTO-Funded Laboratory Projects
In fiscal year 2018, WPTO initiated a number of new research projects at DOE's national labs to support development of water power technologies.
February 8, 2019
From the Wave Energy Prize to Now—Catching-up with AquaHarmonics
WPTO sat down with AquaHarmonics co-founder Alex Hagmüller to learn about their recent device testing and plans for future deployment.
January 25, 2019
Connecting Marine Energy with the Grid—a Cabling Perspective from Carl Barret of 3U
Miles Hall interviews Carl Barrett of 3U Technologies, an international business consulting and engineering company based in Conroe, Texas.
January 23, 2019
Recipients Selected for Latest Round of Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program
DOE selected 37 recipients for the latest round of funding under section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
January 22, 2019
A Look Back at Water Power in 2018
An overview of the Water Power Technology Office's accomplishments in 2018.
January 8, 2019
U.S. Department of Energy Awards $25 Million for Next-Generation Marine Energy Research Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected $25 million in research projects for next-generation marine energy devices.
December 18, 2018
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Announces $20 Million Available for Small Business Innovation Research and Technolog...
EERE expects to fund more than 100 new projects, totaling approximately $20 million
December 3, 2018
Pumped Storage Projects Selected for Techno-Economic Studies
Two projects selected by the Energy Department will receive technical assistance to evaluate the long-term value of pumped-storage hydropower
October 25, 2018
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DOE Launches Water Security Grand Challenge
Challenge aims to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water.
October 15, 2018
Funding Opportunity: National Oceanographic Partnership Program
ONR has released a new Broad Agency Announcement that solicits research proposals for seven different ocean technology and research areas.
October 9, 2018
Ocean Renewable Energy Conference 2018 Wrap-Up
From September 18–19, staff from the DOE were joined by leaders from academia, federal and state government, utilities, supply chains, and investors.
September 24, 2018
A Commercial Shipbuilding Industry Perspective and Future Marine Energy Business Opportunities
WPTO is engaging stakeholders engaged in the PacWave project. In this article, WPTO interviews Tom Hickman of Vigor.
September 14, 2018
Oregon Wave Energy Test Site Rebranded as PacWave
The Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site will operate under a rebranded name, PacWave.