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US Dept. of Energy Announces Availability of Hydroelectric Incentive Funds

The US Department of Energy's renewable energy office Monday announced the availability of hydroelectric incentive funding and issued an updated guidance on the program.
US Dept. of Energy Announces Availability of Hydroelectric Incentive Funds

Both the notice and the guidance were published in the Federal Register.

The US Congress established the incentive program supporting the expansion of hydropower energy development at existing dams and impoundments

in 2005.

In fiscal year 2017, the Energy Department allocated $6.6 million for this purpose.

Recently, the department made what it calls a "minor" update to its guidance for the program That guidance is located here.

The guidance describes the hydroelectric incentive payment requirements and explains the type of information that owners or authorized operators of qualified hydroelectric facilities must provide the department when applying for hydroelectric incentive


The incentive is available for electric energy generated and sold for a specified 10-year period.

Presently, the department is only accepting applications from owners and authorized operators of qualified hydroelectric facilities for hydroelectricity generated and sold in calendar year 2016.

The application period opens Monday and continues through Sept. 6, 2017.

Applications must be sent to by midnight EDT, September 6, 2017, or they will not be considered timely filed for calendar year 2016 incentive payments.

Requests for additional information should be directed to Timothy Welch, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE–4W), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121, (202) 586–7055 or by email at

For additional information:

Federal Register

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