INL plays a key role in supporting the HydroWIRES Initiative led by the Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO). The mission of HydroWIRES is to understand, enable, and improve both hydropower’s and pumped storage hydropower’s contributions to reliability, resilience and integration in a rapidly evolving electricity system.
As the electricity system undergoes changes, the U.S. hydropower fleet is well-positioned to take on a new role as an integrator and enabler of other resources. This role is characterized by additional value streams, enhanced flexibility, new operational strategies and innovative technology solutions.
INL, together with four other national laboratories, supports this new role through development of modeling, analysis, tools and targeted technology R&D for the benefit of the broader community.