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The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program (NHAAP) is an integrated energy, water, and ecosystem research and geospatial data integration effort for efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly hydroelectricity generation and water management. Our partners include state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, technology and resource developers, utilities, and researchers. NHAAP is sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

Core Objectives

  • Perform timely continual assimilation, updates, expansion, and validation of the NHAAP data model to capture the most current information on existing and potential hydropower resources and environmental considerations related to hydropower infrastructure, development, and deployment;
  • Ensure the continual capability to deliver of the most accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date US hydropower resource statistics for the DOE Water Power Program (WPP) and related initiatives;
  • Provide publicly-accessible hydropower data and information services to promote hydropower market acceleration and deployment;
  • Develop tools and datasets to aid in reducing deployment barriers and environmental impacts of hydropower.