Energy Incentives

Various energy incentives are available for hydropower plants. These can be production tax credits, stimulus funding and clean renewable energy bonds.

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Massachusetts Gov. encourages Canadian hydro in committee testimony


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker testified before a state legislative committee today in support of a pair of bills that could increase imports of Canadian hydroelectric power.

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The Grab Bag Rides Again


When I was sports editor for the college newspaper, I wrote a column that was, I'm sure now a decade removed, far less clever than I thought it was at the time. But since I am 1) pressed for time and 2) devoid of original thought at the moment, I present to you, dear reader, a special reprisal of the Michael Harris Daily Weekly Monthly Occasional Grab Bag of Sports Hydropower Stuff.

Proposed changes to U.K.'s FiT program met with backlash from small hydro sector


Changes to the United Kingdom's Feed-In Tariff program could have a negative impact on a number of generation sectors -- including small hydroelectric power -- according to a number of industry groups.

Proposal could ease financial burden imposed on hydropower project operators during Brazil's drought


A provisional decree approved by Brazil's legislature yesterday would allow hydroelectric power generators to receive compensation for losses incurred during the country's prolonged drought.

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EPA's revised Clean Power Plan likely coming today


I would imagine that my musings on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's pending update to the controversial Clean Power Plan may be void by the time many of you read this -- assuming the plan is released later today as expected -- but I feel it's still worth discussing given the ambiguous role hydroelectric power played in a draft released by EPA last June.

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Industry leaders urge hydroelectric power advocacy in new film


The world's largest gathering of hydroelectric power professionals is now under way in Portland, Ore., and industry leaders from around the globe are using the four-day conference and exhibition to encourage the sector to spread awareness about hydropower's many virtues.

World Bank via AGLI uses US$1 billion to support hydroelectric projects


The World Bank Group announced US$1 billion to support the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) through various programs to help the countries in the region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) improve their health and education services, expand cross-border trade and finance hydroelectric projects. 

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Wave energy developer Minesto establishes UK headquarters with Welsh funds


The Welsh government has awarded US$14.45 million to marine energy developer Minesto as part of its European Regional Development Fund.

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HydroVision International 2015 keynote speakers announced


The organizers of HydroVision International 2015 are pleased to announce three keynote speakers confirmed for the opening session of the upcoming conference and exhibition.

Marine energy sector continues growing worldwide, despite economic setbacks


A report released recently by the International Energy Agency's Ocean Energy Systems shows that the marine and hydrokinetic sector moved closer to commercial viability through 2014.

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Montana considers bill to include existing hydro in its RPS


The Governor of Montana currently is considering a bill that would revise the Montana Renewable Power Production and Rural Economic Development Act to, among other things, include existing hydroelectric resources in the definition of “eligible renewable resource” under the state’s renewable portfolio standard.

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HydroVision International 2015 early bird discounts available now


HydroVision International 2015 is still more than three months away, but it isn't too soon to save on registrations for the world's largest hydroelectric power event.

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Marine and hydrokinetic energy taking center stage at new event


The inaugural International Marine Renewable Energy Conference (IMREC) and third-annual Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS) will take place this April in Washington, D.C., bringing together industry leaders and policy-makers from around the world.

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America's non-hydro renewables outpace hydroelectric power through 2014


The net generation of America's non-hydroelectric renewable resources eclipsed conventional hydropower for the first year-long period in the nation's history in 2014, according to a report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration this month.


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USDA grants available year-round to develop renewables, including hydro


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened its Renewable Energy for America or REAP to applications year-round, offering more opportunities for rural small businesses and agricultural producers to develop renewables, including hydro.

Get a sneak peek into the world's largest hydroelectric power event


The hydroelectric power sector is dynamic, and so is the world's largest event dedicated entirely to hydropower.

DR Congo seeks carbon credits consultant for 4,800-MW Inga 3 Basse Chute, medium hydro


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to evaluate options for carbon credits sales for the proposed 4,800-MW Inga Basse Chute hydroelectric project and several proposed medium-sized hydro projects in the DRC.

U.S. DOE invites applications for hydropower incentive payments


The U.S. Department of Energy invites applications for hydropower incentive payments to developers who have added hydropower generating capacity to existing facilities.

HydroVision Russia 2015 keynote address must-see for all hydro industry professionals


The organizers of HydroVision Russia and POWER-GEN Russia are pleased to announce the support of the Russian Federation's Ministry of Energy and other industry leaders, making the upcoming conference and exhibition an important event for all those working Russia's energy market.

Australia's 52-MW Burdekin hydropower plant tabled amidst energy goal squabbles


Power developer Meridian Energy Australia is shelving plans for the 52-MW Burdekin hydropower project, citing revisions to Australia's federal energy policy.