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Registration is now open for three co-located conferences that will take place April 27–29 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The inaugural International Marine Renewable Energy Conference (IMREC), the Marine Energy Technology Symposium—both of which the Energy Department is sponsoring—and the National Hydropower Association (NHA) Annual Conference offer an opportunity to discuss the latest on hydropower and marine energy projects and technologies with the Energy Department, industry leaders, researchers, and other stakeholders. If you are attending the conferences, please stop by the Energy Department’s booths for the latest water power publications and information on its new Wave Energy Prize competition. Find more information about the conferences and register to attend on the NHA Annual Conference website.
The 2015 Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS) organizing committee is seeking three- to five-page research abstracts to present at the annual METS, which is being held as part of the inaugural International Marine Renewable Energy Conference and the National Hydropower Association Annual Conference April 27–29 in Washington, D.C. METS provides a venue where technical experts can publish and present wave and water current energy research that helps accelerate the pace of technology development. The abstracts must focus on the design, analysis, environmental monitoring, or economic evaluation of wave and water current energy converter technologies, and must be submitted by February 13. Individuals who submit an abstract and are selected for presentation at METS will qualify for a discounted conference registration fee of $250. Download abstract submission templates and submit abstracts online.
On February 2, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced President Barack Obama’s $30 billion Fiscal Year 2016 Congressional Budget Request for the Energy Department. Priority activity areas supported by and featured in the Water Power Program’s $67 million budget request include low-impact hydropower design and testing, an open water wave test facility, and environmental research. For more detailed information, see the Water Power Program’s budget webpage or attend the EERE budget webinar on March 5.