RICHLAND, Wash. – Several projects in Washington and Oregon received grants to help improve hydropower generation. The Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior awarded nearly $17 million to projects spread across 11 states. U.S. Interior Department spokesman Adam Fetcher says the projects are critical to meeting clean energy goals.
“We’re focusing on the most innovative types of projects possible. Technology is always shifting,” Fetcher says.
The projects will focus on smaller hydropower resources, those producing less than 30 megawatts — enough to power about 7,000 homes. Innovations range from using canals to produce cost-competitive electricity to a device that measures how fish pass through turbines.
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