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This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO). This FOA supports three complementary strategies for increasing the flexibility of hydropower: demonstrating hydropower hybrids, supporting innovative advanced hydropower equipment, and developing new operational strategies. WPTO’s HydroWIRES Initiative seeks to understand, enable, and improve the contribution of hydropower, including pumped storage hydropower (PSH) to reliability, resilience, and integration in the rapidly evolving U.S. electricity system. Hydropower’s flexibility is central to enhancing all these contributions.

Through the three Topic Areas - 1. Hydropower Hybrids Demonstration 2. Technologies to Increase Flexibility 3. Operational Flexibility - this FOA will develop a suite of advancements that improve hydropower flexibility at multiple scales: improved components within the plant, improved hybridized capabilities at the plant interconnection, and improved operations across the fleet. 

Estimated Total Program Funding: $9,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 7
Award Ceiling: $4,000,000
Award Floor: $750,000

Application DeadlineJanuary 18, 2024 (concept paper) and April 11, 2024 (Application)