Hydropower - Background

Program Background

First authorized in 2009, the Commonwealth Hydropower Program provides grants for construction projects and feasibility studies for eligible hydropower facilities. Applicants may request funding in the following activity areas:

  • Upgrade of existing hydropower facilities to increase energy generation, such as turbine replacement or refurbishment; installation or upgrade of automated controls; replacement of wooden flashboards with rubber skirt/inflatable crest gate systems; enhanced fish or eel passage (in conjunction with measures to increase generation)
  • Development of new conduit hydropower facilities 
  • Feasibility studies for any of the types of projects listed above