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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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June 30, 2020
Photograph of Diablo Dam with a rainbow shining off of the flowing water.
Energy Department Launches New Hydro Power Prize; Announces Fish Protection Prize Stage I Winners
Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons announces launch of the new I AM Hydro Prize and Fish Protection Prize Stage I Winners.
June 29, 2020
Ocean crashing against rocks
National Labs Are Making Waves in Marine Energy Research and Development
Learn about National Lab projects as they harness the immense power of the waves and understand what lies beneath them.
June 23, 2020
Community located near a body of water.
Marine Energy Collegiate Competition 2021 Competition Opens for Applications in August
Today, the Energy Department's Water Power Technologies Office announced the 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition will open in August.
June 18, 2020
graphic of a fish sensor.
Four New Projects Selected in Latest Round of the Technology Commercialization Fund
DOE's Office of Technology Transitions announced the 2020 selections in the latest round of the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF).
June 9, 2020
Berkley Lab ocean research
World Oceans Day: Celebrating the Role and Promise Oceans Have in Our Everyday Lives
World Oceans Day is a global effort to celebrate the ocean's resources, while reminding us to protect it for future generations.
June 8, 2020
Ocean waves hitting a beach shore.
DOE Announces Waves to Water Stage Two Winners and Selection of Final Test Site
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of the second stage (DESIGN) of the Waves to Water Prize.
May 21, 2020
A photo of a wave breaking in the ocean.
Energy Department Moves Marine Energy Collegiate Competition to Virtual Format
During the new virtual event, the 15 participating teams will showcase the deliverables they developed for the competition.
May 21, 2020
WPTO Announces $4.4 Million for Phase I Small Business Innovation Projects
WPTO Announces $4.4 Million for Phase I Small Business Innovation Projects
Small businesses are receiving Phase I Release 2 grants for innovations that demonstrate technical feasibility during the first phase of research.
May 12, 2020
View of the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Plant on a cloudy day.
New Round of Hydroelectric Incentive Funding Now Available
The Water Power Technologies Office is now accepting applications for $7 million in the latest round of funding under section 242 of EPACT.
May 1, 2020
Sunrise at the Bonneville Dam near Portland, Oregon.
WPTO Issues RFI for Hydropower Program R&D Strategy and HydroWIRES Research Roadmap
WPTO is releasing an RFI to gain feedback for the Hydropower Program R&D strategy and the research roadmap for HydroWIRES initiative.
April 23, 2020
PNNL researchers retrieve the Sensor Fish after they’ve traveled through the dam.
Celebrating Earth Day at WPTO: R&D to Protect Our River and Marine Environments
This Earth Day, we highlight WPTO successes supporting R&D and testing of marine energy, hydropower, and pumped storage systems for a flexible grid.
April 2, 2020
Illustrated logo of ocean waves and a buoy.
DOE and NOAA Announce 11 Winners of the Powering the Blue Economy™ Ocean Observing Prize
Today, DOE in partnership with NOAA, announced the 11 winners of the first “DISCOVER” stage of the Blue Economy™ Ocean Observing Prize.
March 31, 2020
Energy Department Announces up to $22 Million for Marine Energy Foundational R&D and Testing Infrastructure Upgrades
Energy Department announces marine energy funding opportunity to leverage the expertise and intellectual capital of non-federal research institutions.
February 19, 2020
ocean waves and sunset
Prizes Powered by the Ocean
Last fall I participated in the White House Summit on Ocean Science and Technology, where leaders discussed advancing ocean energy technologies.
February 12, 2020
Energy Department Renews Commitment to Collaboration on Hydropower Research and Development with Norway
Energy Department and Norway’s Royal Ministry of Petroleum and Energy renew commitment to collaborate closely on hydropower research and development.
January 27, 2020
Graphic with fishes swimming in the ocean.
DOE and Bureau of Reclamation Collaborate to Launch New Fish Protection Prize
DOE and Bureau of Reclamation launch Fish Protection Prize to develop more reliable and sustainable water structures for improving fish protection.
December 17, 2019
Water and Hoover dam against the mountains.
Recipients Selected for FY2019 Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program
DOE selects 48 recipients for the $6.6 million FY2019 round of funding.
December 11, 2019
Ocean Energy Buoy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ocean Energy Buoy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ocean Energy (OE) Buoy has arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman in Hawaii for a ribbon cutting.
November 14, 2019
Cover photo of Energy Graphic
Department of Energy Challenges Innovators to Harness the Power of the Oceans
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced developments in two new prizes.
November 8, 2019
Irrigation canal in Hood River, Oregon.
A New Way to Modernize Irrigation Infrastructure and Generate Renewable Energy
The modernization of irrigation and water infrastructure presents agricultural, environmental, economic, social, and energy benefits.
October 31, 2019
Hydropower dam in washington state
DOE Announces $24.9 Million Funding Selections to Advance Hydropower and Water Technologies
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for up to $24.9 million in funding.
October 21, 2019
Sunrise at the Bonneville Dam near Portland, Oregon.
WPTO to Host Semiannual Stakeholder Webinar
WPTO is holding the second installment of its semiannual stakeholder webinars led by WPTO Director Alejandro Moreno November 5, 2019 from 3-5PM ET.
October 8, 2019
Energy Department Announces the Grand Prize Winners of the FAST Prize Competition
Finalists of the FAST Prize competition demonstrate innovative ways to accelerate commissioning times and reduce cost for pumped-storage hydropower.
October 4, 2019
Image of water around an island.
Apply Now: Marine and Hydrokinetic Graduate Student Research Program
Applications are now open through December 9, 2019.
September 30, 2019
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Leads Successful Flow Measurement Tests
PNNL and USACE have successfully completed field testing of a flow measurement technology called the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP).