ORNL engages in international collaboration to enhance the breadth and depth of scientific and technical research for the Water Power Program. That engagement occurs in three major forums:
Each of these forums includes hydropower interests from outside of the United States and provides access to more science, technology, or policy information and perspectives than are available solely from U.S. federal or non-federal hydropower stakeholders. The IAHTP is chartered by the IEA, an inter-governmental organization with 28 member countries including the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy designates representatives (delegates) to the IEA implementing agreements, working groups, and implementing agreement annexes. CEATI and EUCGs are electric power industry consortia that include electric utilities and other industry participants from multiple continents. The common theme of ORNL and, by extension, DOE participation in these forums is that DOE-funded hydropower research outcomes are shared with and vetted by forum members, while DOE Water Power Program participants gain access to research from the international and U.S. participants in these forums.