Sending Office: Honorable Suzanne Bonamici
Support Innovative Water Power Technology Development
Early Stage Technology Research Funding for Hydropower and Marine Energy
Deadline: Extended to March 13th COB
Please join us in sending a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development supporting a robust funding level for the Water Power Technologies Office within the Department of Energy (DOE).
The Water Power Technologies Office supports cutting-edge private sector-led research, development, and deployment of new innovative hydropower, pumped storage, and marine energy technologies. Development of new domestic water power systems represents an
opportunity for the U.S. to lead the world in an emerging area of baseload electricity production. Stable federal support for these efforts will help us meet our increasing electricity needs and also gives confidence to investors to attract private capital.
Hydropower is one of the most affordable and reliable electricity resources and accounts for nearly seven percent of all U.S. electricity generation. The funding will improve efficiency, flexibility, and environmental performance of hydropower and pumped
Marine energy is an emerging power sector which is developing cutting edge technologies that generate electricity from waves, currents, tides and in-stream resources. The energy potential is enormous and commercialization of a U.S.-based marine energy industry
will help to secure our nation as a leader in developing and producing these power production systems. China and many European countries are pulling ahead in the race to develop such systems, and supporting this federal funding will help ensure that the U.S.
is an exporter, not importer, of technology in this growing field.
Our letter requests robust funding in FY 2019 for DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office. If you would like to sign the letter please,
please complete this form. For additional information, please contact Maxine Sugarman in Rep. Bonamici’s office at
Maxine.Sugarman@mail.house.gov, Kimber Colton in Rep. Pingree’s office at
Kimber.Colton@mail.house.gov, or Patrick Schilling in Rep. Perry’s office at
Suzanne Bonamici Chellie Pingree Scott Perry
Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of Congress
The Honorable Mike Simpson The Honorable Marcy Kaptur
Chairman Ranking Member
Appropriations Subcommittee on Appropriations Subcommittee on
Energy and Water Development Energy and Water Development
Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:
We are writing to ask your support of robust funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) in the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations legislation.
The United States has significant under-deployed water power resources, from non-powered dams, pumped storage and conduits to waves, ocean currents and tidal flows. Commercialization of new advanced water power systems to capture these resources represents
a substantial opportunity for the United States to lead the world in an emerging area of energy production while also stimulating a broad range of job-creating industries.
Although hydropower is one of the most affordable and reliable renewable electricity resources, more can be done to significantly expand generation from this resource. For example, only three percent of the 80,000 dams in the United States currently generate
electricity. The 2016 Hydropower Vision Report, developed by industry and DOE, offers pathways, including development of advanced water power technologies, for tapping into hydropower’s potential to increase installed capacity by nearly 50 GW by 2050.
Marine energy converters use advanced, pre-commercial technologies to generate electricity from waves, currents, tides and in-river resources, and has the potential to become a major source of electricity for the United States and the world. The majority
of the U.S. population lives adjacent to significant water power resources, which reduces transmission costs and environmental consequences. Marine energy technologies also facilitate newly emerging market opportunities off the grid, such as recharging various
unmanned underwater vehicles and providing power during disaster recovery efforts.
Robust funding for the DOE Water Power Technologies Office will support investments in high-risk, early-stage technologies that the private sector is unable to address on its own. Continued investments by DOE in private-sector led technology advancement
will accelerate deployment of new water power technologies, give confidence to investors, and reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign suppliers. In addition, a growing U.S. water power industry will advance our national economic goals by creating high-quality
employment, increasing long-term production in shipyards, expanding development of fleets of vessels for deployment and servicing, and strengthening the thousands of businesses that make up the U.S. industrial supply chain.
Therefore, we respectfully request that the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development support funding DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office at a robust level for Fiscal Year 2019. Thank you for your consideration of this request.
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