Intergovernmental partnership advances hydropower development

A report about developments in hydropower was recently released by the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Energy.  In 2010, the Department of the Army and the Departments of the Interior and Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing the agencies to the development of clean, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable hydropower.  The report highlights the collaborative accomplishments the three departments have made since the MOU was signed, and details progress made toward achieving the 13 goals included in the MOU.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior-Water and Science, Anne Castle, presented the report during the National Hydropower Association conference in April, saying that “Through collaboration and partnerships among federal agencies, the hydropower industry, the research community, and numerous stakeholders, we are succeeding in advancing the development of hydropower as a clean, reliable, cost-effective and sustainable energy source.”

The cooperation of the three agencies has enabled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Energy to coordinate their hydropower research and development efforts, which has led to advances in hydropower technology, assessment of the potential for adding hydropower generation at existing facilities, and the development of a database for all existing U.S. hydropower infrastructure.

For more information about the MOU on hydropower, please follow the links below.
Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower: Two Year Progress Report, Department of the Interior
Partnerships Generate Support for US Hydro Resources, International Water Power and Dam Construction Magazine

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