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Ocean Energy Buoy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ocean Energy (OE) Buoy has arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman in Hawaii for a ribbon cutting.
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Department of Energy Challenges Innovators to Harness the Power of the Oceans

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced developments in two new prizes.


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.

Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA) Annual Conference
NWHA takes a deep dive into subjects that are important to the hydropower industry in the Northwest.
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February 3, 2020 | 8:00AM PST

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC), and Oregon State University (OSU) will host an integrated WEC design workshop at Oregon State University. 


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Annual Meeting
February 3 - March 4, 2020 | New Orleans, LA

Co-op leaders from across the country gather to celebrate the strength of the co-op network, conduct the business of NRECA, and focus on how cooperatives can provide members with affordable, reliable electricity.

11th Annual Hydropower Conference
March 3-4, 2020 | Palm Springs, CA

At the 11th annual CEATI Hydropower Conference, the 80+ utility members of CEATI’s hydropower program will be gathering to share their experiences and lessons learned from implementing new hydropower tools, techniques, and methodologies.


May 19-21, 2020 | Washington, DC.

The International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) is a global marine energy event focused on the industrial development of renewable marine energy.

The Ocean Energy Buoy Arrives in Hawaii

On December 10, 2019 the WPTO-funded Ocean Energy Buoy arrived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for a ribbon cutting ceremony before continuing on to the U.S. Navy Wave Energy Test Site off the coast of O’ahu. The Ocean Energy Buoy is a wave energy converter with new reinforced composites, aluminum, and stainless steel to negate corrosion and survive in harsh ocean environments.

Both turbine and buoy performance will be measured on a grid-connected scale for a full year of deployment, never before seen in the United States. The 826-ton buoy was towed across the Pacific Ocean after leaving the Vigor shipyard in Portland, Oregon in October 2019.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Awards $75,000 for Innovative Fish Screen Solutions

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) awarded a shared $75,000 to six winners in its prize competition seeking innovative methods to exclude fish from water diversions and intakes. The competition addresses the limitations in current technology to exclude certain fish species and size classes in a cost-effective manner.

WPTO is partnering with Reclamation on the next stage of the prize competition, which seeks written concepts that can be developed into a deployable research and testing prototype. This stage is anticipated to be launched in January 2020 and will have up to $700,000 in cash prizes and technical support through laboratory vouchers.

U.S. Department of Energy Launches Plastics Innovation Challenge

The Plastics Innovation Challenge accelerates innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies. Over the coming weeks, DOE will release requests for information and host workshops to engage with stakeholders about the current barriers to plastic recycling technologies and shape the work that will bring those technologies to market. DOE also plans to announce funding opportunities and strategic partnerships to spur innovative solutions to plastics recycling.

Though plastics are used in thousands of products essential to modern life, waste is of increasing concern on global levels. The Plastics Innovation Challenge is led by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in collaboration with the Office of Science and other DOE programs.

Recipients Selected for FY2019 Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program

DOE selected 48 recipients for the $6.6 million FY2019 round of funding for the Hydroelectric Production Program under section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Qualified facilities were selected based on the number of kilowatt hours generated by the facility in calendar year 2018. The Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program provides funding for projects adding hydroelectric power generating capabilities to existing dams throughout the United States.

Visit WPTO’s EPACT 242 funding page to view the FY2019 selectees.


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