Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
To incentivize owners and operators of hydroelectric facilities for capital improvements related to maintaining and enhancing hydroelectricity generation by improving grid resiliency, improving dam safety, and environmental improvements.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
An eligible hydroelectric facility must be (1) a project licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; or constructed, operated, or maintained pursuant to a permit or valid existing right-of-way granted prior to June 10, 1920, or a license granted pursuant to the Federal Power Act; (2) placed into service before enactment of [the IIJA]; and (3) compliant with all applicable Federal, Tribal, and State requirements (or will be compliant as a result of proposed capital improvements).
Hydroelectric power generation is ostensibly renewable and can, in certain areas, be a substitute for carbon-based electricity. Optimized generation facilities can generate more power with less waste.
Hydroelectric facilities should be supported with regard to up- and downstream communities, as well as natural ecosystems and neighborhoods that might be (dis)affected by generation activities. Planning and engagement should be conducted to clearly communicate and/or mitigate potential negative impacts that would disproportionally affect underserved communities.
$553,600,000 in funding available until expended.