Welcome to the Colorado Small Hydro Working Group website

The Colorado Small Hydro Working Group seeks to advance the responsible development of small, low-impact hydro resources in the state by bringing together different stakeholders, including developers, scientists, government agencies and the public.

This site is a public meeting place that provides members of the Working Group with a shared calendar, discussion forums, member profiles, photo gallery, file storage and more.  We encourage you to complete your profile and participate!

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • U.S. DOE Hydropower Advancement Project

    Written 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.

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

    Written 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

    Written 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 ..

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