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.

September 29, 2022

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Funding Notice: Marine Energy Systems Innovation at Sea

WPTO issued a $10.3 million funding opportunity to accelerate the development and testing of renewable marine energy technologies with a focus on wave and ocean current resources.

September 29, 2022

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WPTO Announces Phase Two Winners in Hydropower Operations Optimization Prize

WPTO announces six winners in the second phase of the Hydropower Operations Optimization Prize. These teams developed high-tech solutions to improve hydropower operations and grid resiliency. The prize’s third and final phase is now open!

September 29, 2022

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DOE Announces 19 Organizations Selected to Receive Clean Energy Innovator Fellows

DOE announced the 19 institutions that will host fellows as part of the new $6 million Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship program

September 20, 2022

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Study Finds Hydropower Provides Reliable Electricity Even During Historic Droughts

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with funding from WPTO, recently completed the most comprehensive study into the effects of drought on hydropower generation in the United States this century.

September 16, 2022

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Become WPTO’s Hydropower Program Manager!

WPTO is looking for someone to join its team as the hydropower program manager! Learn more about the position and apply no later than September 21, 2022.

September 15, 2022

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Hydropower Does More Than You Think: Six Things To Know About This Renewable Energy Powerhouse

Hydropower plants produce energy using the elevation difference created by a dam or diversion structure. Water flows in one side and exits at a lower point, which spins a turbine that runs a generator. Learn six things about hydropower’s potential.

September 13, 2022

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Applications Now Open for Marine Energy Graduate Student Research Program

Applications are now open for the Marine Energy Graduate Student Research Program. Previously only open to doctoral students, the program is now accepting applications from all graduate-level (master’s and doctoral) students for the first time.

September 12, 2022

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EERE Success Story—Innovative Water Turbines Allow More Fish to Pass Safely Through Hydropower Dams

With funding from DOE, Natel created an innovative technology designed to make it easier for fish to navigate through hydropower facilities without getting hurt

September 12, 2022

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Hydropower Educational Resources To Get Energy Flowing

With back-to-school season in full swing, WPTO offers a range of educational resources to teach students of all ages about hydropower and highlights programs designed for those about to embark on their clean energy careers.

September 9, 2022

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U.S. Department of Energy Distributes $13.5 Million to Support Record Number of Hydroelectric Facilities

DOE announced the distribution of $13.5 million in incentive payments to 55 hydroelectric facilities through the Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program