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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
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="" 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.

August 6, 2013
Our latest Infographic highlights key findings from the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>.
America's Wind Industry Reaches Record Highs

Sharing key findings from two new Energy Department reports that highlight the record growth of America's wind industry.

August 5, 2013
Wind Industry Soars to New Heights

Watch the video as Jose Zayas, Director of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, highlights the latest wind industry trends in the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report.

August 16, 2012
Wind Energy In America: Supporting Our Manufacturers

Profiling success stories of the American wind industry.

August 14, 2012
A Banner Year for the U.S. Wind Industry

Sharing key findings from a new report that details the dramatic expansion of wind energy in America.

July 27, 2012
Caption This! Wind Edition

We asked you to think of creative captions for our Photo of the Week on July 20 -- now we're highlighting some of our favorites.

July 23, 2012
Using its fiberglass technology expertise and a grant from the Energy Department's State Energy Program (SEP), Energetx Composites was able to shift its operations to producing wind turbine blades. | Photo courtesy of Energetx Composites.
Energetx Composites: Retooling Manufacturing, Creating Michigan Jobs

How Energetx Composites is helping to revitalize local communities with its Holland, Michigan-based wind turbine blade production facility.

July 17, 2012
SLIDESHOW: America's Wind Testing Facilities

A look at the nation's innovative wind facilities -- where researchers are speeding the adoption of next generation clean energy technologies.

July 17, 2012
Blades of Glory: Wind Technology Bringing Us Closer To a Clean Energy Future

Making sure the best, most efficient wind energy technologies are developed and manufactured here in America.

May 25, 2012
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at TPI Composites wind turbine blade facility in Newton, Iowa. | Photo Courtesy of the White House.
President Obama Talks Clean Energy in Iowa

President Obama recently traveled to Newton, Iowa to push for the renewal of a tax credit for companies that produce clean energy.