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  • U.S. DOE Hydropower Advancement Project

    Posted by Francisco / on 06/15/2012 / 0 Comments

    Intro

    The U.S. Department estimates that an additional 8 - 16 GW of additional capacity and approximately 55 TWh of annual generation can be added to the grid through upgrades to existing hydropower facilities. To pursue this additional capacity and generation potential, the U.S. DOE has developed the Hydropower Advancement Project (HAP). As part of this project, DOE is performing standard assessments on select hydropower facilities to identify opportunities to increase generation and value through improvements and expansions. Such assessments will be performed by teams trained by DOE at no cost to the facility owners.

    If you would like more information on ..

  • DOE Announces $5 Million to Assess Upgrade Opportunities at Hydropower Facilities

    Posted by Francisco / on 04/20/2012 / 0 Comments

    Intro

    From DOE:

    April 17, 2012
    In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $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 ..

  • DOE Report Finds Major Potential to Increase Clean Hydroelectric Power

    Posted by Francisco / on 04/20/2012 / 0 Comments

    Intro

    April 17, 2012

    From the EERE Office at the Department of Energy:

    As part of President Obama's all-out, all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today released a renewable energy resource assessment detailing the potential to develop electric power generation at existing dams across the United States that aren't currently equipped to produce power. The report estimates that without building a single new dam, these available hydropower resources, if fully developed, could provide an electrical generating capacity of more than 12 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to roughly 15% of current U.S. hydropower capacity. These findings demonstrate one of the ways the nation can ..

  • Hydropower - The Major Renewable Energy Power Market

    Posted by Francisco / on 10/14/2011 / 0 Comments

    Intro

    Amsterdam - Hydropower is getting enormous support from various governments around the world through favorable policies and incentives. The global hydropower market continued its growth traction in 2010 by adding nearly 38.7 Gigawatts (GW), resulting in a year-on-year growth of 3.8%. Of all the renewable energy sources, hydropower is one of the most widely used, as it is inexpensive and is the oldest form of renewable energy. Hydropower accounted for 76.5% of global renewable power installed capacity as of 2010.

    The global hydropower installed capacity increased at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.5% during the period 2006-2010. The global ..

  • Small hydropower bill advances

    Posted by Francisco / on 08/11/2011 / 0 Comments

    From Hydroworld.com:

    WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. 8/1/11 (PennWell) --

    The Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Small-Scale Hydropower Enhancement Act, which was introduced by Congressman Adrian Smith, R-Neb.

    The act would exempt hydropower projects generating less than 1.5 MW from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permitting rules.

    "I appreciate the Natural Resources Committee recognizing the importance of smaller scale hydropower opportunities to an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy," Smith said. "Most think hydropower is a resource requiring a massive dam, but advancements in smaller projects offer tremendous opportunity to expand this resource as a viable option, particularly ..

  • SLV Rural Electric Cooperative is hosting its Annual Energy Fair

    Posted by Francisco / on 06/14/2011 / 0 Comments

    Intro

    The San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is hosting its annual energy fair Tuesday, June 21 from 11 am to 5 pm in the Valley. In this one-day event, irrigators will be learning more about equipment and technical information.

    Hydro equipment vendors who would like to take advantage of the growing market interest here, should contact Cheryl Jones (see contact information below). For vendors' information, more than 90% of Colorado's potato crop is grown here, valued at $200 -300 million annually for the last several years, mostly irrigated by center pivot. In addition, three sides of the Valley's perimeter are mountain ..

  • DOE's First Major Recovery Act-Funded Water Power Project Completed

    Posted by Francisco / on 04/21/2011 / 0 Comments

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    Los Alamos County Completes Abiquiu Hydropower Project, Bringing New Clean Energy Resources to New Mexico

     

    April 21, 2011

     

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement on the completion and startup today of the Abiquiu Hydropower Project in New Mexico – the first hydropower project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to be completed nationwide.

     

    "Today marks a major milestone in securing America’s clean energy future as we celebrate the completion of the Department of Energy’s first major Recovery Act-funded water power project. By increasing renewable energy output at ..

  • Departments of Energy and Interior Announce $26.6 Million in Funding to Develop Advanced Hydropower Technologies

    Posted by Francisco / on 04/06/2011 / 0 Comments

    Intro

    April 5, 2011
    U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced $26.6 million in funding for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology, including pumped storage hydropower. This 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 Secretary Chu. "Deploying advanced hydropower, including using water to store energy, will help meet peak electricity ..

  • Clean Electricity Potential at Existing Bureau of Rec Facilities

    Posted by Francisco / on 04/06/2011 / 0 Comments

    Intro

    The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released on March 31 the results of an internal study that shows it could generate up to one million megawatt hours of electricity annually and create jobs by adding hydropower capacity at 70 of its existing dams, canals, tunnels, and other water-handling facilities. The report, "Hydropower Resource Assessment at Existing Reclamation Facilities," estimates that the additional hydropower capabilities could generate enough clean, renewable energy to annually power more than 85,000 households, while also creating an estimated 1,200 jobs. The Bureau of Reclamation developed the report as part of President Obama's initiative to develop a ..

  • GEO Announces Small Hydro Streamlined Permitting Program

    Posted by Francisco / on 02/03/2011 / 0 Comments

    Intro

    The Governor's Energy Office announced today the start of its Small Hydro Streamlined Federal Permitting Program in partnership with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The program implements the provisions of a groundbreaking agreement Colorado and FERC signed in late August 2010 aimed at permitting 20 low impact hydropower projects in the next year. Together, FERC and Colorado have designed a streamlined permitting process that will utilize Colorado's expertise to expedite the permitting process and reduce the time needed for FERC to review permit applications. Colorado has received significant attention nationwide for our pioneering efforts in forging this MOU with ..

 

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