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.

January 24, 2023

Ripple Effect: How Jake Herb’s Rural Childhood Sparked a Career in Clean Energy

Jake Herb grew up where trucks belched next to horses and buggies. Recently, as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Science and Technology Policy fellow, he helped develop programs to advance water power technology.

January 17, 2023

Alaska’s Salmon Hub and DOE Explore Hydropower’s Potential to Meet the Region’s Energy and Resiliency Needs

With technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project, the town of Dillingham, Alaska is considering a hydropower project to help the community reach its energy resilience and environmental goals.

January 13, 2023

Water Power Successes in 2022 Help Advance Clean Energy Goals

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office shares a few of the many successes its experts, labs, and partners achieved in the last year in reflecting on 2022 and looking ahead to 2023.

January 11, 2023

Ripple Effect: Why WPTO Fellow Sarah Moore Believes We Need More Than Math and Science to Solve Problems Like Climate Change

In 2015, Sarah Moore traveled to a rural Bolivian community to install solar-powered showers and latrines. Now a 2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science Science and Technology fellow, she works on other communities' water systems.

January 10, 2023

DOE Announces Winners of Hydropower Operations Optimization Prize

The Hydropower Operations Optimization Prize aims to use modeling, mathematical optimization, data science, and machine learning to create new ways for hydropower to support a reliable and resilient electric grid

January 9, 2023

Proposed Funding Opportunity Expanded With $10 Million to Support Community-Led Tidal and Current Energy Planning and Development

WPTO added a $10 million topic area to its proposed funding opportunity to advance tidal and current energy systems, bringing the total funding to $45 million.

December 9, 2022

WPTO Announces over $16 Million in New National Lab-Led Hydropower and Marine Projects

WPTO today announced over $16 million in new projects to further hydropower and marine energy research and development. These awards encompass $5.6 million for hydropower and $10.5 million for marine energy projects across six national laboratories.

November 30, 2022

Major Funding Opportunities Discussed at Water Power Technologies Office Semiannual Stakeholder Webinar

WPTO hosted its latest semiannual stakeholder webinar on Nov. 9, 2022, and shared details with hydropower and marine energy stakeholders from industry, academia, and government on the office’s latest funding opportunities, accomplishments, and projects.

November 28, 2022

Wildlife Protection and the Clean Energy Transition

Acting Assistant Secretary Moreno summarizes DOE's recent investments in wildlife conservation.

November 22, 2022

Prize Winners Continue Advancing Innovative Pumped Storage Hydropower Technologies

Since winning the Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time Commissioning for Pumped Storage Hydropower Prize in 2019, three teams continued testing, completed further analysis, and identified potential sites for their technologies.