Renewable energy from wind and water had a big year in 2015. As the year comes to a close, we celebrate the milestones of renewable electricity generation in wind and water power with a list of some of our largest accomplishments.
The Biodiversity Research Institute's (BRI) new report on a three year research project gives offshore wind developers new information on environmental impacts, including migration patterns of birds and whales. This will help accelerate progress on responsible, sustainable implementation of offshore wind technologies.
On October 1, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a fourth round of requests for proposals under the Energy Department’s Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) for distributed wind energy. The CIP aims to help U.S. manufacturers of small and mid-size wind turbines (with rotor-swept areas less than 1,000 square meters) to improve their turbine designs and manufacturing processes to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and eventually earn certification ensuring performance and safety.
DOE funding has helped improve worker safety on offshore wind turbines. Industry partners have created a new type of ladder designed to be safer, even in rougher seas, than existing boat-to-turbine crossings.
Installing small, distributed wind energy systems can help homeowners and businesses save money on their energy bills. Now that tax filing season is here, there are even more ways to financially benefit from this sustainable source of energy.
Our National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with the Energy Department’s Wind Program and AWS Truepower, has released new maps that illustrate vast potential for wind energy in the United States.
In an effort to support the wind industry’s recruitment of skilled workers, the Energy Department has developed a - “Wind Career Map,” a web-based tool that highlights the broad range of careers and required skill sets across the wind power industry. The occupations featured in the Wind Career Map range from technicians who install and maintain wind turbines to educators who will train the next generation of wind engineers and business leaders.
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.