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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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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
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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
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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).
September 17, 2019
Energy Department Announces Network Director for Marine Energy Research and Testing Program
DOE announces Pacific Ocean Energy Trust as Network Director for the U.S. Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) Program.
September 16, 2019
fish swimming with sunlight beaming through the water.
Make Some Waves: Participate in the First-Ever Marine Energy Collegiate Competition
An exciting, first-of-its-kind competition will help you discover your role in the blue economy—and now is your chance to get in at the ground level!
August 8, 2019
The ORPC RivGen Power System prior to installation on the Kvichak River in Igiugig, Alaska. The device is 51.5 feet long, 46.9 feet wide, and 11.5 feet tall. Credit: ORPC
Energy Department Funding Helps Transform Alaskan River into Renewable Energy Source
Project could establish a model for similar small, independent communities.
July 22, 2019
EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $43.6 Million for Phase II Innovation Projects
American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the Energy Department's EERE Small Business Innovation Research program.
July 17, 2019
rocky mountain pumped-storage hydropower
WPTO at HydroVision International 2019
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June 26, 2019
Four Project Recipients in Latest Round of the Technology Commercialization Fund
DOE announces 2019 selections for latest round of Technology Commercialization Fund.
June 24, 2019
DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Office
Energy Department’s Small Business Innovation Research Program Announces Seven New Water Power-Focused Projects for FY19
Seven small businesses receive grants to demonstrate technical feasibility of innovations.
June 13, 2019
ocean waves and sunset
DOE Launches Wave Energy Water Desalination Prize Competition
Prize competition seeks to accelerate the development of wave energy powered desalination systems and launch novel technologies.
June 7, 2019
A New Approach to Pumped Storage Hydropower
Quidnet Energy is taking an alternative approach to conventional pumped-storage hydropower development.
June 6, 2019
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Marine Sciences Laboratory Request for Information
WPTO seeks feedback about the use of the PNNL Marine Sciences Laboratory as a research, development, testing, and validation venue.
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).