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DOE Announces $1.9 Million in Funding for Ocean Energy Environmental Effects Assessment and Monitoring

March 22, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Program announced today up to $1.9 million to reduce market barriers commonly faced by the marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technology industry. Through this competitive funding opportunity, the Energy Department will collaborate with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to select up to 11 awards to collect environmental monitoring and experimental data from deployed MHK technology devices.

The "Marine and Hydrokinetic Environmental Effects Assessment and Monitoring" Funding Opportunity Announcement will promote an increased understanding of the potential environmental effects of marine and hydrokinetic energy devices such as wave, tidal, and current turbines. The DOE Water Power Program intends to fund projects that address essential data needs and increase understanding of the environmental effects of MHK technologies, including:

Since 2008, the Energy Department has collaborated with several agencies to reduce market barriers and inform the environmentally responsible deployment of MHK technologies. Recent and upcoming MHK deployments provide excellent opportunities to collect valuable operational and environmental data. The lessons learned as a result of this competitive solicitation will be shared with regulators and other MHK stakeholders, helping to inform the future of the industry while supporting pioneering MHK projects.

Applicants are requested to submit a Letter of Intent by April 18, 2013, which will be used by DOE to organize and expedite the merit review process. To read the full Funding Opportunity Announcement and learn about funding opportunities available through the DOE Water Power Program, please visit the Financial Opportunities Web page.

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