DOE/WPTO Stakeholder Insight into Hydropower R&D Issues. Due 11/18. $4M Available.
Stakeholder Insight Into Hydropower R&D Issues
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) issued an approximately $4 million funding opportunity to support the efforts of diverse hydropower stakeholders to discuss and find paths forward on topics that include U.S. hydropower fleet modernization, hydropower system sustainability, and hydropower facilities’ environmental impact. This effort aims to maximize the benefits of the clean energy transition as the nation works to curb the climate crisis, empower workers, and advance environmental justice.
The U.S. hydropower fleet has a generating capacity of approximately 80 gigawatts, accounting for 31.5% of U.S. renewable electricity generation and about 6.3% of U.S. electricity generation. While some hydropower plants will reach the end of their useful or economic lives and be retired in coming decades, many others can continue to be valuable energy assets for decades to come. To avoid accelerated or unnecessary losses of U.S. hydropower, the existing fleet must be modernized to continue providing clean, flexible power and help ensure a 100% clean energy future for the United States.
Representatives from across all sectors of the hydropower community must be engaged to better understand the many complex and diverse issues affecting hydropower technologies and operational improvements. Stakeholders may include but are not limited to representatives from tribal nations, hydropower developers, owners/operators of hydropower facilities, research institutions, hydropower industry representatives, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, and resource agencies.
Domestic Entities, Foreign Entities, Incorporated Consortia, Unincorporated Consortia
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November 18, 2022
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