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Below are news stories about conventional hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic technologies from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Water Power Program, and other federal agencies.

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February 5, 2018
A European Perspective on America's Newest Marine Energy Test Site
A view of Oregon's upcoming marine and hydrokinetic energy test facility from a European perspective.
January 19, 2018
Increase Your Energy IQ: New Hydropower Technologies for the 21st Century
Alejandro Moreno, Director of the Water Power Technologies Office, recently spoke at the U.S. Department of Energy’s speaker series, Energy Talks.
January 8, 2018
Water Power's 2017 Top Ten
2017 was a big year for water power. Here's a look back at water power in 2017.
December 19, 2017
Marine Energy Technologies Can Meet Energy Needs of Other Ocean Industries
WPTO held a Marine Energy Technologies Distributed and Alternate Applications Forum to discuss new applications for marine energy.
December 4, 2017
Bud Shoemake and the Port of Toledo: An Oregon Coast Native’s Perspective on the Marine Industry, PMEC-SETS, and Local Economic Development
Bud Shoemake, Port Manager of the Port of Toledo, discusses his perspective on the marine industry.
November 27, 2017
5 Things You Should Know About Water Power
What You Need to Know About Water Power
Hydropower accounts for about 6% of the nation’s electricity, generating renewable energy for American homes and businesses
September 22, 2017
Highlights from the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference
Water Power Technologies Office staff attended the 12th annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference in Portland, Oregon.
September 20, 2017
$2.5 Million Available in Fish Passage Funding
Through its HydroNEXT initiative, the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) is committed to lowering the cost of hydropower deployment.
September 15, 2017
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Energy Department Invests up to $32 Million to Improve Resilience of the Nation’s Power Grid
DOE announced up to $32 million for research and development that will further improve the resilience of the nation's electric grid.
September 11, 2017
WPTO to Attend Ocean Renewable Energy Conference in Portland
WPTO's MHK program will be on-site for the twelfth annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference.
August 22, 2017
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Navy and National Lab Team Up on Advanced Wave Energy Device
Sandia National Laboratories is working with the U.S. Navy to help improve the efficiency of wave energy devices.
August 8, 2017
$6.6 Million Available in New Round of Funding for Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program
The Energy Department is accepting applications for the latest round of funding under section 242 of Energy Policy Act of 2005.
August 1, 2017
How Are Water Power Research and Development Projects Funded?
WPTO invests in research to advance cutting-edge technology in hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic energy.
July 26, 2017
Happy Birthday, Hydropower Vision!
One year ago today the Energy Department (DOE) released its Hydropower Vision report—a first-of-its-kind bottom-up hydropower analysis.
July 20, 2017
Winning Big at HydroVision International
An Energy Department national laboratory and a funding recipient took home high honors at this year’s HydroVision International.
July 10, 2017
Plans Finalized for National Wave Energy Test Facility
WPTO and Oregon State University are prepared to construct the Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site off the coast of Newport, Oregon.
July 6, 2017
Highlights from HydroVision International
The Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) concluded another successful week at HydroVision International—the world’s largest hydropower trade show.
June 26, 2017
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5 Promising Water Power Technologies
Today more than 2,000 hydropower plants generate clean, reliable energy across America. Read about five water power technologies under research here.
June 21, 2017
Water Power Projects Selected for Research and Development Grant
DOE announced it will award 263 research and development grants totaling $116 million to 184 small businesses in 41 states.
June 15, 2017
Energy Department Announces up to $12 Million for Projects to Advance Wave Energy
The Energy Department today announced up to $12 million in new projects to support the development of innovative technologies.
June 13, 2017
Coming Soon: HydroWISE Online Hydropower Portal
The Energy Department’s Hydropower Water Infrastructure–Information for Sustainable Energy (HydroWISE) website is a new portal for hydropower R&D.
June 5, 2017
Navigate the Hydropower Permitting Process with the RAPID Toolkit
The Hydropower RAPID toolkit makes navigating the complex system of federal and state regulations easier.
June 5, 2017
Join the Energy Department and National Laboratories at HydroVision International
Join the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) and the national laboratories at HydroVision International.
June 1, 2017
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Overcoming a Major Wave Energy Challenge

The 10-kW prototype of ABB’s magnetically geared generator—illustrated above—was tested at ABB’s Corporate Research lab in Raleigh, North Carolina....

May 30, 2017
Projects Aim to Cut Operations Costs for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy

A key goal of the Water Power Technologies Office is driving down the cost of energy from marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy devices. Improving...