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Interior, Energy Announce $26 Million to
Develop Advanced Hydropower Technologies

by Staff
Columbia Basin Bulletin, April 8, 2011

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar this week announced $26.6 million in funding for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology, including pumped storage hydropower.

The funding is focused on development of innovative technologies that can produce power more efficiently, reduce costs and increase sustainable hydropower generation at sites not previously considered practical.

"By improving hydropower technology, we can maximize America's biggest source of renewable energy in an environmentally responsible way," said Chu. "Deploying advanced hydropower, including using water to store energy, will help meet peak electricity demands and provide additional clean energy sources for America's future."

"Supporting advanced, environmentally friendly hydropower will help bring our nation closer to reaching the Administration's goal of meeting 80 percent of our energy needs with clean sources by 2035," said Salazar. "These funding opportunities will help unlock innovative approaches to hydropower development that emphasize sustainable, clean power generation while reducing environmental impacts."

The funding announcement seeks "environmentally responsible" projects that increase the generation of reliable hydropower for the nation's electricity supply. Projects will be selected in four areas:

DOE will evaluate applications based on the metrics and guidelines published in the solicitation and will award funding on a competitive basis to a variety of projects and to technologies at various levels of development. Mandatory letters of intent are due May 5, and completed applications are due June 6. For more details on this opportunity, see the Funding Opportunity Announcement at

DOE funding is subject to annual Congressional appropriations.

The solicitation is issued by DOE's Wind and Water Power Program, which works to research, test, and develop innovative technologies capable of generating renewable, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective electricity from wind and water power. For more information on how the program works to develop advanced hydropower technologies, please visit the Water Power website at

Interior, Energy Announce $26 Million to Develop Advanced Hydropower Technologies
Columbia Basin Bulletin, April 8, 2011

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