An action plan has been developed to provide the framework for collaboration to advance the Hydropower Memorandum of Understanding 2020 that was signed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation, and Department of the Army through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The five-year MOU was designed to enhance collaboration between agencies and leverage resources to meet the need for reliable and affordable renewable hydropower in the U.S. This MOU builds on previous work between the agencies to strengthen long-term coordination, prioritize similar goals, and align ongoing and future renewable energy development efforts.
The MOU and resulting action plan will detail overarching topics to increase sustainable hydropower generation and flexibility, while identifying a specific set of activities that the agencies will collectively undertake. These commitments were designed to represent a new approach to hydropower development that will result in clean, renewable power generation.
The action plan will address emerging hydropower issues and enhance technology research, development and demonstration (RD&D) in five topic areas:
- Asset Management
- Value of Hydropower
- Water Supply Reliability
- Environmental Outcomes
Under each of these topic areas, the agencies, in collaboration with the power marketing administrations (PMAs), proposed projects based on industry needs. These projects, as identified, will inform deliverables and outline the resources contributed by each agency and the PMAs, which can be found in the action plan.