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DOE to outline Water Power R&D program at HydroVision 2008

Staff members of the U.S. Department of Energy are to conduct an information session on DOE's new Water Power Research and Development activities July 17 as part of the HydroVision 2008 Conference, July 14-18 in Sacramento.

Conference participants will be able to meet the new DOE Water Power team and hear the latest information on program planning and activities.

In December 2007, Congress appropriated $10 million for the fiscal year ending in September 2008 to restart DOE's dormant hydropower research and development program. (HNN 2/6/08) Now called the Water Power Energy R&D Program, it is to use the funds to conduct research on conventional hydropower and innovative hydropower technologies for ocean, tidal, and in-stream generation

The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill June 25 that includes $40 million in research and development funds for ocean and marine renewable technologies and for conventional hydropower. (HNN 6/25/08) The full House and Senate are expected to consider energy and water appropriations in July.

The DOE information session is scheduled for 1 p.m., during a HydroVision lunch break, in Room 105 of the Sacramento Convention Center.

Topics to be discussed include DOE's solicitation on Advanced Water Power Projects. DOE seeks partnerships with U.S. industry for the testing, demonstration, validation, and development of advanced waterpower technologies. (HNN 4/21/08) It is offering about $7.5 million in initial funding and up to $18.5 million over five years if appropriations are made available.

The DOE team also is to discuss the Energy Independence and Security Act Report on Environmental Effects of Marine and Hydrokinetic Projects.

For information on the program, contact Alejandro Moreno, (1) 202-586-8171.

More than 2,100 hydropower professionals are expected to participate in the week of activities at the international HydroVision conference. (HNN 5/16/08) HydroVision also includes an exhibition of more than 250 industry equipment and service providers.

David Victor, a leading adviser on energy policy and sustainable development, will deliver the opening address on the policy landscape facing hydropower. Victor is director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

On-line registration is offered at www.hcipub.com/hydrovision/register.asp. Direct inquiries about registration to HydroVision 2008, 410 Archibald St., Kansas City, MO 64111 USA; (1) 816-931-1311.

More information about the HydroVision program, including a detailed listing of sessions and technical papers, is on the Internet at www.hcipub.com/hydrovision/program.asp.

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