Federal Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower/Databases

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MOU Agencies - Hydropower Research and Database Resources

This page provides quick links to data, databases, research, and reports generated or maintained by the MOU agencies on topics relevant to hydropower and hydropower operations.

U.S. Department of Energy:

1) Oak Ridge National Lab - National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program (NHAAP): NHAAP

The overarching goal of the ORNL's NHAAP effort is to provide the Federal geospatial data standard for existing and potential hydropower resource evaluation in the United States. By offering comprehensive, detailed, reliable, and up-to-date geospatial coverage of U.S. hydropower resources, water, and environmental information, the NHAAP effort delivers information that is critical for stimulating U.S. hydropower market acceleration, deployment, technology-to-market activities, and environmental impact reduction. Through ongoing development efforts, we aim to improve and extend our geospatial data and analysis capabilities to enable more effective and efficient support for initiatives of the DOE's Water Power Program.

NHAAP has links to research, databases, maps, and tools for visualization and planning including: • Publications • Research and Data: environmental mitigation, hydropower market report, existing hydropower resources, public data sources, new stream reach development resource assessment, non-powered dams resource assessment, climate change impact assessment, & environmental attribution • Geospatial Tools: Stream Classification Tool, Historical Generation, HydroGIS Viewer

2) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI): OSTI

OSTI provides access to scientific and technical information using web-based searchable databases, offering ever-expanding sources of R&D information to DOE, the research community, and the science-attentive public. The databases offer search simplicity as well as advanced search capabilities such as customized alerts, results displayed in relevance rank, and downloadable search results for a broad array of scientific information related to DOE missions.

Key search words: hydropower, hydropower technologies, hydropower operations

• SciTech Connect: DOE SciTech

SciTech Connect is a portal to free, publicly-available DOE-sponsored R&D results including technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, software, and data information. SciTech Connect is a consolidation of two core DOE search engines, the Information Bridge and the Energy Citations Database. SciTech Connect incorporates all of the R&D information from these two products into one search interface.

• DOE Pages Beta: DOE Beta

Search the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta (DOE PAGES Beta) for scholarly publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles and accepted manuscripts, resulting from DOE-funded research.

• DOE Data Explorer: DOE Explorer Locate DOE's collections of scientific research data and also retrieve individual datasets submitted by data centers, repositories, and other organizations within the Department. The DOE Data Explorer database includes collection citations prepared by OSTI, as well as citations for the individual, submitted datasets.

• National Library of Energy: DOE National Library Search this gateway to information across DOE in four broad topic areas: science and R&D; energy and technology for industry and homeowners; energy market information and analysis; and nuclear security and environmental management. NLEBeta makes it possible to search DOE databases, collections, and website information, a total of more than 25 million pages, via a single query.

3) National Renewable Energy Lab - Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit for Hydropower: RAPID

The Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit provides information about permits and regulations that affect renewable energy and bulk transmission projects. Uncertainty about the duration and outcome of the permitting process has been a deterrent to investment in these projects and has slowed construction progress. Reducing the permitting timeline—or reducing the number of required permits—can decrease project costs and investor risk, which encourages clean energy development for the benefit of all.

The RAPID Toolkit makes regulatory and permitting information rapidly accessible from one location by providing links to permit applications, processes, manuals, and related information. Its goal is to facilitate communication between project developers and permitting agency personnel, among permitting agencies at all jurisdiction levels, and among all project stakeholders—including the public.

Federal data and data for CA, NY, VA, and CO is available.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation:

1) Hydropower Research and Development Office:

Hydropower Research and Development Office

2) New - Water Information System:

Reclamation's Water Information System

Reclamation launched its new data portal, the Reclamation Water Information System (RWIS), in April 2017. This new pilot system consolidates and publishes Reclamation’s water and related data, making it easy to locate, access, and use. The site currently offers daily data for past and present streamflows, reservoir operations, canal flows and other parameters for sites across all of Reclamation’s five regions. To locate data, you can browse an interactive map or use a text-based query. Then you can view or download the data in interactive plots, tables, or standardized machine-readable formats. A web service lets you automate data queries for easy integration into applications and models.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

links under construction, check back soon.....