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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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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
April 30, 2018
Request for Information: Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies: Maritime Markets Report
WPTO seeks feedback from the public on 12 maritime markets where applications may exist for marine energy technologies.
April 26, 2018
Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance: Techno-Economic Studies of Pumped-Storage Hydropower
These techno-economic studies will evaluate the long-term value of two selected pumped-storage hydropower projects.
April 25, 2018
Energy Department Selects Four Projects for Fish Passage Research and Development Funding
Four projects were recently selected for up to $2.4 million in funding to research hydropower fish passage solutions.
April 24, 2018
Important Licensing Milestone Reached for Oregon Wave Energy Test Site
Oregon State University has submitted a Draft License Application to construct and operate the Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site.
April 20, 2018
WPTO at Waterpower Week in Washington 2018
Join WPTO and the national laboratories at Waterpower Week in Washington.
April 10, 2018
Recipients Selected for Latest Round of Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program
The Energy Department recently selected recipients for the latest round of funding under section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
April 10, 2018
Notice of Intent: Marine Hydrokinetic Technology Advancement and Data Dissemination
The Water Power Technologies Office plans to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement in Quarter 3 of Fiscal Year 2018 to support MHK advancement.
April 10, 2018
A European Perspective on America's Newest Marine Energy Test Site (Part 2)
Part 2 of a series of discussions with various stakeholders involved in the PMEC-SETS project and the marine energy industry as a whole.
March 19, 2018
Natel Energy Selected to Further Develop Innovative Hydropower System
The Energy Department has selected Natel Energy, Inc. of Alameda, California to further the development of an innovative hydropower system.
March 19, 2018
U.S. Instrumentation Workshop Provides Platform to Identify Opportunities to Get the Most From MHK Technology Testing
Findings from the 3rd U.S. Instrumentation Workshop have been consolidated in a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
March 5, 2018
United States and Ireland Collaborate to Advance Marine Energy
A U.S. subsidiary of Irish-based Ocean Energy Ltd. signed an agreement to design and construct the hull of the company's wave energy converter buoy.
February 26, 2018
Request for Information: Hydropower and the Grid
WPTO has released a request for information about how hydropower and pumped storage projects contribute to the electric grid.
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.