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Low-Head Hydropower: General Information

Web sites with useful generic information about low-head hydropower development.

Follow the links below to learn more about low-head hydropower and ongoing planning efforts related to low-head hydropower development.

DOE Tribal Energy Development Guide

DOE's Tribal Energy Development Guide provides a variety of information that tribes can use to achieve tribal energy goals, including a process of strategic energy planning for tribes interested in improving their energy security, sovereignty, and local economy; and information on fossil and renewable energy sources, transmission and grid connection, and energy efficiency. The program's Hydropower Energy Resources page provides a link to the Idaho National Laboratory's Virtual Hydropower Prospector, a tool for assessing the energy resource potential of natural streams.

Tribal Energy Development Template

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has developed a Tribal Energy Development Primer providing information about energy development on tribal lands, including overviews of both renewable and traditional energy resources; information on infrastructure planning, guidance on assessing environmental and cultural resource issues; guidance on assessing market potential, suitable business structures, and financing options; and a discussion of developing tribal capacity and Tribal Energy Resource Agreements. Development of this document was supported by the DOI's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

DOE Hydropower Program

The mission of DOE's Hydropower Program is to conduct research and development (R&D) that will improve the technical, societal, and environmental benefits of hydropower. The main Web site for the Hydropower Program is maintained by Idaho National Laboratory. DOE also maintains a Web site providing information on Hydropower Basics.

Western Governors' Association Renewable Energy Zones

The Western Governors' Association and DOE are working to identify those areas in the Western Interconnection that have both the potential for large-scale development of renewable resources and low environmental impacts. The Western Renewable Energy Zone initiative is intended to establish renewable energy development zones and support energy transmission development.

Western Regional Air Partnership Recommendations

The Western Regional Air Partnership released a study on Generating Electricity from Renewable Resources in Indian Country, providing recommendations to tribal leaders on (1) developing renewable energy technologies to meet air quality and visibility goals established by the EPA and (2) using these technologies to achieve economic development and energy-related goals.

Green Power Marketing

Information about green power marketing is provided by NREL's Green Power Network and the EPA's Green Power Partnership.