APPLICATION GUIDANCE FOR SECTIONS 242 AND 243

On March 22, the Grid Deployment Office opened applications for the Hydroelectric Production Incentives ((EPAct 2005 Section 242) and Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives ((EPAct 2005 Section 243).

The United States currently gets 6.3% of its electricity—and 31.5% of its renewable electricity generation—from hydropower facilities, which provide a reliable and flexible source of power. Hydropower also provides critical energy storage, and pumped storage hydropower accounts for 93% of all utility-scale energy storage in the United States. Hydropower is key to building a 100% clean energy future. But as today’s facilities age and become more expensive to maintain, the United States risks losing a major source of clean energy and well-paying jobs.

Leveraging operational flexibility and energy storage capabilities, hydropower supports energy resource adequacy to ensure the availability of clean, reliable generation capacity allowing all Americans access to clean, resilient, and affordable electricity. The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) invests in maintaining and enhancing existing hydroelectric facilities to ensure generators continue to provide clean electricity, while improving dam safety and reducing environmental impacts.

The BIL authorizes three hydroelectric incentive programs:

On March 22, 2023, the Grid Deployment Office opened applications for the Hydroelectric Production Incentives ((EPAct 2005 Section 242) and Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives ((EPAct 2005 Section 243).

An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, for additional information. Registration is required.

On February 8, 2023, the Grid Deployment Office released draft application guidance for the Maintaining & Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives (EPAct 2005 Section 247) for public comment inform the implementation. The response period closed on February 28, 2023 and the review process is underway. The Department does not intend to publicly announce the identities of entities that submitted comments. The final guidance and solicitation is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2023.

On June 30, 2022, DOE requested feedback on the structure of the Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives (BIL provision 40332 and EPAct section 243) and the Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives (BIL provision 40333 and EPAct section 247). A public listening session was held on August 9, 2022. Comments closed on September 6, 2022.

Visit Bipartisan Infrastructure Law | Department of Energy for more information about BIL-funded activities at GDO.

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