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October 10, 2014
Assistant Secretary Dr. Danielson speaks in front of the VolturnUS floating wind turbine off the coast of Castine, Maine.
EERE Leadership Celebrates Offshore Wind in Maine

The University of Maine utilized $12 million in funding from EERE to deploy the VolturnUS, a one-eighth scale prototype of a commercial scale offshore floating turbine. This is the first step toward developing an offshore wind industry in Maine. The University is setting a great example for the rest of the country for just how far we can go when we dedicate ourselves to clean energy innovation.

August 18, 2014
Turbines at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado. The 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report includes a new chapter that focuses on trends in wind turbine nameplate capacity, hub height, rotor diameter, class, and specific power. | Photo by Ben Chicoski
Wind Turbine Scaling Enables Projects to Reach New Heights

Learn how wind turbines are soaring to new heights.

August 18, 2014
Bigger and Stronger: Wind turbines are soaring to record sizes. The average rotor diameter of turbines installed in 2013 grew to 97 meters -- up 103 percent since 1998. | Photo courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power

Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.

August 18, 2014
Small-Scale Distributed Wind: Northern Power Systems 100 kW turbine at the top of Burke Mountain in East Burke, Vermont. | Photo courtesy of Northern Power Systems.
Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power

Test your energy knowledge by learning interesting facts about distributed wind.

June 2, 2014
Hunting Hurricanes…and Data to Help Build Better Offshore Wind Turbines

Hurricane season is officially here. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is not only tracking storms, but also important data that will provide critical insights which could lead to stronger offshore wind turbines and components capable of withstanding hurricane conditions. Learn more about how NOAA and the Energy Department are working together to help accelerate deployment of offshore wind technologies.

May 8, 2014
Pennsylvania State University was crowned the winner of the Energy Department's inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition. The team designed a small-scale wind turbine that can be easily deployed to provide power in emergency and/or remote power situations.
Pennsylvania State University Wins Big In Las Vegas: Energy Department Crowns Collegiate Wind Competition Champion

Announcing the winner of the Energy Department's first ever Collegiate Wind Competition.

May 7, 2014
Advanced Offshore Wind Tech: Accelerating New Opportunities for Clean Energy

The Energy Department today announced the selection of three projects that aim to advance the offshore wind industry and lower the cost of offshore wind technologies. Learn more about these technological innovations.

May 6, 2014
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy

Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.

May 1, 2014
<strong>KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY</strong> From left to right: Aaron Thomsen, Stuart Disberger, Bret Gross, Cody Yost, Joe Kuhn, Lane Yoder, Hussam Alghamdi, Will Duren, Martin Mixon, Ying Huang, Alex Wurtz, Tanzila Ahmed, Armando Marquez. Not pictured: Jordan Robl, Brandon Young, Shae Pelkowski. | Photo courtesy of  Kansas State University
The Collegiate Wind Competition is Next Week: Meet the Teams Part II

Next week, 10 student teams representing colleges and universities across the country will compete in the Energy Department’s first-ever Collegiate Wind Competition, which is designed to prepare talented young people for careers in the wind energy industry and enable academic institutions to showcase the ingenuity of their students. Meet five of these talented, creative teams.

April 30, 2014
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The Energy Department has selected seven projects that will accelerate the commercialization of innovative offshore wind technologies in the United States. Each project will receive up to $4 million from the Energy Department to complete the engineering, site evaluation, and planning phase of their project. Upon completion of this phase, the Energy Department will select the up to three of these projects to advance the follow-on design, fabrication, and deployment phases to achieve commercial operation by 2017. Each of the these projects will be eligible for up to $47 million in additional funding over four years, subject to Congressional appropriations.  

This map also includes 42 grants the Energy Department made to offshore wind-related projects in 2011. Those shown in yellow are focused on advancing offshore wind technologies, such as modeling and design of offshore wind plants. Those shown in red focus on removing market barriers through analysis, assessment and strategic recommendations that will help the United States and offshore wind industry plan for greater deployment.

The red areas of the map show the annual average wind speed above that part of the ocean. Areas with speeds above 7 meters/second are considered suitable for offshore wind power projects, though many other factors are considered when selecting a site.</div></div></div>
Ready, Set, Go: New Tool and Report Help Offshore Wind Industry Take Off

The nation’s coastlines possess the strongest, most abundant, and steadiest winds in the United States, representing vast potential for clean energy production. Our Wind Program works to accelerate the American offshore wind market through a portfolio of high-impact research, development, and demonstration projects. View an interactive map of these projects and learn about a new tool that will help America get offshore wind farms up and running.

April 25, 2014
<strong>UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL</strong> Back row: Isaac Grulon, Dean Kennedy, Erika Sjoberg, Albert Andino, Robert Leboeuf, Gregory Lennartz, Michael Dube. Middle row: David Phung, Jigar Patel, Alexandre Sampaio, Patrick Logan, Jeffrey Chung, Peter Jones. Front row: Parth Patel, Donna DiBattista, Meaghan Riley, Michael Schaefer. Not pictured: Christopher Daly, Erik Anderson. Credit: David Willis
The Collegiate Wind Competition Is Approaching Fast: Meet the Teams

In just two weeks, student teams representing colleges and universities across the country will compete in the Energy Department’s first ever Collegiate Wind Competition. Meet five of the 10 teams and learn about their innovative designs and ideas for advancing wind energy technologies.

April 14, 2014
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The Final Countdown: 10 Schools Set to Face Off at Collegiate Wind Competition

The champions of both the men's and women's college basketball tournaments were crowned last week, but there’s another important competition on the horizon that could help America win the clean energy game. Find out how the Collegiate Wind Competition in May will enable the nation’s future scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to continue advancing the wind energy industry.

April 10, 2014
The Production Tax Credit is Key to a Strong U.S. Wind Industry

New report finds the production tax credit has been critical to the growth of the U.S. wind industry.

March 12, 2014
Mehoopany wind farm in Pennsylvania can produce enough energy to power more than 40,000 homes under a contract with Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative. Old Dominion was named one of the winners of the Wind Cooperative of the Year Award last week. | Photo courtesy Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Winning with Wind: Electric Co-ops Providing Clean Energy to Customers

Electric co-ops are increasingly turning to wind power as a clean, reliable source of energy that slashes carbon emissions and protects the environment. The Energy Department and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recently recognized two electric co-ops that demonstrate leadership in wind energy: Old Dominion Electric Cooperative of Virginia and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) of Illinois.

January 29, 2014
During the State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted how the U.S. is a global leader in solar energy. | Photo by Pete Souza, White House.
#YearofAction: Growing the Clean Energy Economy

Highlighting a few of the ways the Energy Department is working to achieve the President's goals by growing the clean energy economy.

January 23, 2014
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Collegiate Wind Competition Set to Blow into Vegas in May

Competition aims to cultivate wind-specific interests and skills among the next generation of industry leaders, will feature 10 teams of students throughout the country who will design and construct lightweight, portable wind turbines intended to power small electronic devices.

November 27, 2013
Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman speaks at the Clemson University Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility dedication in South Carolina. | Photo courtesy of Clemson University
Two Facilities, One Goal: Advancing America’s Wind Industry

Two state-of-the-art wind turbine drivetrain test facilities are now open for business: the Clemson University Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility in South Carolina and a National Renewable Energy Laboratory dynamometer at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado.

November 18, 2013
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy Steven Chalk speaks during the American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER Offshore conference in Providence, Rhode Island. | Photo courtesy of American Wind Energy Association
Overcoming Challenges in America’s Offshore Wind Industry

A year of progress, preparation and promise was the theme connecting two days of panels and presentations last month at the 2013 American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER Offshore conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

September 26, 2013
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Wind Farm Brings Clean, Affordable Energy to Alaskan Cooperative

How can we make it easier for more communities to use wind power? Lessons can be learned from Wind Powering America’s Wind Cooperatives of the Year winners and their innovative wind projects.

September 24, 2013
A wind turbine is installed at the Crow Lake Wind project, just east of Chamberlain, S.D. | Photo Courtesy of East River Electric Power Cooperative
Want to Finance a Wind Farm Project in Your Community? Try Crowdfunding

East River Electric Cooperative, a supplier of electric power for rural areas of South Dakota and Minnesota, used a novel approach to financing a wind farm project.

September 19, 2013
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A Clean Energy Revolution -- Now

Critics often say America's clean energy future will “always be five years away.” For four key clean energy technologies, that clean energy future has already arrived.

September 17, 2013
#CleanTechNow: America’s Clean Energy Revolution

A new Energy Department report shows how cost reductions and product improvements have sparked a surge in consumer demand for wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and LED lighting.

August 8, 2013
LIVE Q&A TODAY: Answering Your Wind Energy Questions

Wind industry experts will be taking your questions on today at 3 pm ET. We hope to see you then!

August 7, 2013
At the National Renewables Energy Laboratory (NREL), scientists use the Insight Center Collaboration Room to examine and interact with their data. In this simulation, the room is converted into a virtual wind tunnel, allowing scientists to study the complex, turbulent flow fields around wind turbines. 

Pictured here, NREL Senior Scientist Kenny Gruchalla examines the velocity field surrounding a wind turbine, using a 3-D model projected onto the center's 16-by-8 foot wall. The simulation helps scientists better understand flow patterns, and further, how turbines can better avoid gearbox failures. <a href="http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/feature_detail.cfm/feature_id=2254" target="_blank">Learn more about the Insight Center Collaboration Room</a>. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL.
Photo of the Week: Eye-to-Eye with a Wind Turbine

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

August 6, 2013
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Wind Farm Growth Through the Years

Breaking down data from the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report to chart the growth of wind farms across America over time.