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 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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