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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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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
Ocean research at Lawrence Berkley National lab
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.
September 10, 2018
Water Power Projects Among Technology Commercialization Fund Selections
DOE's Office of Technology Transitions announced its selections for the latest round of the Technology Commercialization Fund.
August 22, 2018
Webinar: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Water Power Facility and Infrastructure Utilization
DOE has issued an RFI regarding use of NWTC facilities for renewable energy, energy storage, and grid integration technology development and testing.
August 8, 2018
Funding Available: Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower
DOE announced up to $9 million for innovations that reduce cost and maximize the value of new stream-reach hydropower development and PSH.
July 27, 2018
Ocean Energy Systems Releases Spotlight on Ocean Energy Report
Ocean Energy Systems has released the Spotlight on Ocean Energy report, which provides analysis of 20 ocean energy projects and five initiatives.
July 26, 2018
Now Available: Recorded Marine Hydrokinetic Advanced Materials Webinar
A recording of WPTO’s July 12 Marine Hydrokinetic Advanced Materials webinar is now available online.
July 26, 2018
Hydropower Vision: Two Years Later
Two years after the Hydropower Vision report, hydropower leaders are convening to assess how the hydropower community has progressed.
July 6, 2018
2018 HydoVision International Highlights
WPTO wrapped up a successful week at HydroVision International—the largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide—in Charlotte, North Carolina.
July 5, 2018
How to Take a Prize-Worthy Photo of Water Power (According to a Pulitzer Prize Winner)
Water Power Technologies Office is launching a photo contest and looking for pictures that capture the incredible potential of water power.
June 25, 2018
Notice of Intent: Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower Funding Opportunity
WPTO issued a Notice of Intent for a funding opportunity for innovative design concepts for standard modular hydropower and pumped storage hydropower.
June 20, 2018
WPTO at HydroVision International 2018
Join the Water Power Technologies Office at HydroVision International.
June 8, 2018
Energy Department Selects Six Awardees for $6.7 Million in Marine Energy Funding
Funding to support the development of innovative technologies capable of generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources.
May 30, 2018
WPTO Selects Four Projects for Phase I SBIR and STTR Funding
WPTO has selected four projects for Phase I funding within the topic area of environmentally-acceptable lubricants for hydropower applications.
May 30, 2018
An old mill with water flowing over turbines in front of a wintry sunset.
Water Power Technologies: The Stories Behind the Example Photos
See examples of WPTO's favorite photos and enter the Make a Splash Photo Contest for a chance to win $2,000.
May 16, 2018
A Utility Perspective on the Local Impact of the Nation’s Newest Wave Energy Test Site
WPTO’s Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, sat down with Debra Smith to get her opinions on the current state of wave energy testing.
April 30, 2018
Undersecretary of Energy Menezes Announces $23 Million in New Funding to Advance Marine Energy Technologies
The Energy Department announced $23 million to support marine energy industry advancement in wave, tidal, ocean and river current technologies.
April 30, 2018
Energy Department Releases 2017 Hydropower Market Report
The 2017 Hydropower Market Report provides a snapshot of the distribution, characteristics, and trends of the current U.S. hydropower fleet.
April 30, 2018
Funding Available: Marine Energy Technology Advancement and Data Dissemination
WPTO announced up to $23 million in funding to support marine energy technologies that aim to reduce capital costs and shorten deployment timelines.
April 30, 2018
Make a Splash Photo Contest, Water Power Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Make a Splash Photo Contest Seeks Best U.S. Water Power Photos
Make a Splash Photo Contest Seeks Best U.S. Water Power Photos