This week, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the much-anticipated Hydropower Vision Report, which states that the nation could add 50 GW of new hydropower capacity by 2050. However, of that, 35 GW is just from pumped storage hydropower, while 13 GW could come from upgrading existing projects and retrofitting non-powered dams with hydropower.
The Departments of the Interior and Energy and the Department of the Army for Civil Works (Army Corps of Engineers) announced that they have extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years. The new agreement is an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower the three agencies signed in 2010.
In the new agreement- termed an Action Plan- the agencies commit to working toward the following:
Through a letter sent to the Department of Interior and Department of Energy, the Hydropower Reform Coalition supported the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached by the two departments for offshore energy development, including marine and hydrokinetic.
The Departments reached the MOU last month, in which they agreed to work together for development of wind and marine & hydrokinetic energy.
The Department of Interior and the Department of Energy have agreed to strengthen the working relationship between the two agencies on the future development of commercial renewable offshore energy projects, including the marine and hydrokinetic energy projects, on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
The Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 29, 2010 on behalf of the DOI and DOE respectively.