Projects by Environmental, Sustainable, Regulatory

Research hydropower projects to see progress related to infrastructure, technology development, and analytics across the nation.

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Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is developing advanced analysis techniques and demonstrating new capabilities that can be used to assess and manage potential future water quality and temperature impacts…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed and implemented an integrative approach to assess hydropower and environmental opportunities at the scale of a river basin. The project emphasizes sustainable,…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
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This is a study of environmental metrics used in assessing the environmental effects of new hydropower development. Environmental effects in this context refer to the effects on the physical and ecological functions…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Optimization
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The Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit offers one location for agencies, developers, and industry stakeholders to work together on federal and state renewable energy (solar, hydropower,…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Optimization
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) was directed by Section 9505 of the Secure Water Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11) to submit a report to congress on the effects of climate change on federal hydropower systems. The "…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Growth
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In response to industry and agency feedback on inefficiencies in the hydropower licensing and permitting processes, DOE and ORNL…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
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Assisting Navigant in working with the hydropower industry and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to identify labor needs and appropriate skill sets for the current domestic hydropower industry. Assessing current…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Growth
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A classification system to characterize and generalize the biophysical settings of stream environments including hydrologic, thermal, geomorphological, and ecological dynamics.  At a basic level, stream…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
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NREL is involved in several projects aiming to understand climate impacts on electric sector investment and operating decisions. This work includes the study of climate impacts on water resources used for both…