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Open Date: 04/12/2012

Close Date: 06/14/2012

Funding Organization: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000700


The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced $5 million available this year to assess opportunities to increase power production at up to 40 existing hydropower facilities around the nation. Through this competitive funding opportunity, the Department will work with hydropower professionals to conduct standardized assessments to identify opportunities to increase generation and value at hydropower plants – already the nation’s largest source of renewable energy. As much of America’s aging hydropower infrastructure is more than 50 years old, this effort could help accelerate the deployment of upgrades at existing hydropower facilities, creating clean energy jobs, supporting our nation’s economic competitiveness, and increasing the supply of renewable energy to American families and businesses.

The assessments to be completed through this solicitation are part of the Water Power Program’s larger Hydropower Advancement Project, which seeks to accelerate the improvement and expansion of hydropower plants in the United States. The Program will use these assessments to estimate the potential to increase energy generation from all U.S. hydropower facilities. Hydropower facility owners and operators will benefit from these assessments by identifying opportunities for improvement and expansion, and by quantifying the value those improvements could provide if implemented. Additionally, these assessments will encourage equipment upgrades at other hydroelectric facilities nationwide. For more details on this opportunity and how to apply, see the Funding Opportunity Announcement. For more information on the Hydropower Advancement Project, see the project website at.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.

Last updated: 04/13/2012

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.