The Maintaining & Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives (Section 247 of EPact 2005) provide incentive payments to the owner or authorized operator of a qualified hydroelectric facility for capital improvements directly related to improving grid resilience (including the addition of energy storage such as reservoir capacity, pumped storage hydropower, and batteries), improving dam safety, and related to environmental improvements.
A qualified hydroelectric facility is a hydroelectric project that—
Period of Availability:
Available until expended
For capital improvements directly related to:
- Improving Grid Resiliency, including—
- Adapting more quickly to changing grid conditions
- Providing ancillary services (including black start capabilities, voltage support, and spinning reserves)
- Integrating other variable sources of electricity generation
- Managing accumulated reservoir sediments
- Improving Dam Safety to ensure acceptable performance under all loading conditions (including static, hydrologic, and seismic conditions), including—
- Maintenance or upgrade of spillways or other appurtenant structures
- Dam stability improvements, including erosion repair and enhanced seepage controls
- Upgrades or replacements of floodgates or natural infrastructure restoration or protection to improve flood risk reduction
- Environmental Improvements
- Adding or improving safe and effective fish passage, including new or upgraded turbine technology, fish ladders, fishways, and all other associated technology, equipment, or other fish passage technology to a qualified hydroelectric facility
- Improving the quality of the water retained or released by a qualified hydroelectric facility
- Promoting downstream sediment transport processes and habitat maintenance
- Improving recreational access to the project vicinity, including roads, trails, boat ingress and egress, flows to improve recreation, and infrastructure that improves river recreation opportunity
Additional eligibility information is provided in the final guidance.
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On May 8, 2023, the Grid Deployment Office released application guidance and opened the solicitation for the Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives (EPAct 2005 Section 247).
Letters of Intent (LOI) will be accepted for through the Clean Energy Infrastructure Funding Opportunity eXCHANGE for a 45-day period starting May 8, 2023, through 5:00 p.m. ET, June 22, 2023. Full applications will be accepted for a 105-day application period starting June 23, 2023, through 5:00 p.m. ET, October 6, 2023.
Once the full application period closes, DOE will review the applications and notify applicants of their eligibility.