Assessment and Mapping of Riverine Hydrokinetic Resources in the Continental United States

What we did

SNAP and partners have completed the most rigorous assessment to date of the riverine hydrokinetic energy resource in the contiguous 48 states and Alaska, excluding tidal waters.

The assessment provides estimates of the gross, naturally available resource (termed the theoretical resource), as well as estimates (termed the technically recoverable resource), that account for selected technological factors affecting capture and conversion of the theoretical resource.

The technically recoverable resource does not account for all technical constraints on energy capture and conversion.

Go to the Marine & Hydrokinetic Atlas at NREL

Project Details

Project Status:  Completed


  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks