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.

May 4, 2022

Missed Waterpower Week? Here's What to Know from WPTO

During Waterpower Week, which took place April 5–7, 2022, in Washington, D.C., the Water Power Technologies Office launched two collegiate competitions, a new prize, and a request for information. Read the recap of these existing announcements.

April 25, 2022

Boosting Hydropower: The Bedrock of a Clean Energy Grid

Hydropower has a crucial role in the clean energy future. The projects in WPTO’s 2020–2021 Accomplishments Report, along with many more, are helping to advance hydropower and pumped storage systems to create a flexible, reliable grid.

April 25, 2022

Advancing Marine Energy: An Abundant, Untapped Renewable Resource

Marine energy technologies hold incredible potential to help the United States meet its clean energy goals. The WPTO 2020–2021 Accomplishments Report highlights a few of the projects and teams working to advance these technologies.

April 22, 2022

How WPTO Is Investing in Our Planet This Earth Day

WPTO Director Jennifer Garson discusses WPTO’s investments in efforts led by industry, academia, and our national laboratories to advance our understanding and development of water power systems and technologies.

April 11, 2022

Meet Clean Energy Champion Gia Schneider

Find out how this CEO found her calling to reduce the environmental impact of hydropower while making it simpler and more cost-effective—and why she doesn’t demonize fossil fuels.

April 8, 2022

DOE Announces Winners of Wave Energy-Powered Desalination Prize Competition

DOE announced the winners of $1 million in cash prizes in the final stage of the Waves to Water Prize, which challenged competitors to design, build, and test devices that use wave energy to produce clean drinking water

April 7, 2022

DOE Launches Inaugural Hydropower and Fourth Annual Marine Energy Collegiate Competitions

DOE opened applications for the inaugural Hydropower Collegiate Competition and fourth annual Marine Energy Collegiate Competition

April 6, 2022

DOE Prize Seeks to Maximize Hydropower’s Ability to Support Grid Reliability and Resilience

The Hydropower Operations Optimization (H2Os) Prize, which will award up to $75,000 to innovators developing new solutions that can help advance hydropower’s contribution to the grid

April 4, 2022

WPTO Seeks Feedback on Climate Change Data and Research Needs to Inform Hydropower Operation and Resource Planning

WPTO seeks comments from the non-federal hydropower community on data and research needs to help the office explore how to leverage climate change science to inform long-term hydropower operation and resource planning.

March 31, 2022

DOE Announces Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship Program to Help Build a Diverse U.S. Workforce to Decarbonize the Electricity Sector  

DOE Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship sends recent graduates and energy professionals to work at critical energy organizations to advance clean energy solutions