The Department of Energy's hydropower research program has been revived by Congress for 2008.
After several years without funding, the Department of Energy's hydropower research program has been revived by Congress for 2008. The new "water power" program includes research on both conventional hydropower technologies and new ocean and instream hydrokinetic technologies. ORNL is the lead laboratory for the hydropower side of this new program. Total funding for the first year is $10 million, a large portion of which will come to ORNL.
ORNL's work will include technology development, demonstration and deployment, resource assessment, environmental studies, siting issues, strategic planning and analysis.
Hydropower provides more than 70% of the renewable electricity in the U.S., but that share has been declining in recent years as other renewables have been growing. The goal of the new DOE Water Power Program is to double generation to more than 500 terawatt hours per year by 2030, which would ensure that hydropower maintains an important place in the nation's renewable energy portfolio. —Larisa Brass
Contact: Brennan T. Smith
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