The Departments of Interior, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works division have extended their Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower for an additional five years.
Originally signed in 2010, the MOU's extension aligns with the Obama administration's goal of doubling renewable energy generation by 2020.
"This agreement among three key federal agencies is great news for the federal hydropower system, and even greater news for the millions of American homes and businesses that rely on clean, affordable, and reliable hydropower," said Bob Gallo, president and chief executive officer for Voith Hydro U.S. "In the MOU's first five years, the agencies have already made significant progress in laying the groundwork for expanded hydropower production, with tangible results to show for their efforts. Voith is pleased to support efforts to strengthen the backbone of American hydropower, and believe the agencies' continued collaboration will create jobs and economic growth throughout the U.S."
Phase II of the MOU will focus on:
- Improving the accuracy and reducing costs of water flow measurement technology;
- Reducing the size and weight of generators for new hydropower projects;
- Developing low-impact hydropower technologies to demonstrate and deploy at non-powered dams and conduits;
- Enhancing the environmental performance of hydropower turbines for deployment; and
- Assessing the risks to U.S. hydropower generation and water infrastructure posed by climate change.
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