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Title: State Models to Incentivize and Streamline Small Hydropower Development

Abstract

In 2016, the hydropower fleet in the United States produced more than 6 percent (approximately 265,829 gigawatt-hours [GWh]) of the total net electricity generation. The median-size hydroelectric facility in the United States is 1.6 MW and 75 percent of total facilities have a nameplate capacity of 10 MW or less. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydropower Vision study identified approximately 79 GW hydroelectric potential beyond what is already developed. Much of the potential identified is at low-impact new stream-reaches, existing conduits, and non-powered dams with a median project size of 10 MW or less. To optimize the potential and value of small hydropower development, state governments are crafting policies that provide financial assistance and expedite state and federal review processes for small hydroelectric projects. This report analyzes state-led initiatives and programs that incentivize and streamline small hydroelectric development.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1407466
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-6A20-70098
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; 13 HYDRO ENERGY; small hydropower; permitting; regulatory; financial incentives

Citation Formats

Curtis, Taylor, Levine, Aaron, and Johnson, Kurt. State Models to Incentivize and Streamline Small Hydropower Development. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1407466.
Curtis, Taylor, Levine, Aaron, & Johnson, Kurt. State Models to Incentivize and Streamline Small Hydropower Development. United States. doi:10.2172/1407466.
Curtis, Taylor, Levine, Aaron, and Johnson, Kurt. 2017. "State Models to Incentivize and Streamline Small Hydropower Development". United States. doi:10.2172/1407466. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1407466.
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