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Stay current on the news about the wind side of the Wind and Water Power Program and important wind energy events around the U.S. The Wind Program Newsletter highlights the key activities, events, funding opportunities, and resources each quarter that the program supports.

Below are more news stories related to both wind and water power from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind and Water Power Program, and other federal agencies.

Recent News

  • November 30, 2016

    Building energy infrastructure that keeps wildlife safe is a key concern at the U.S. Department of Energy, which is why we have funded six teams to improve technologies that will protect eagles sharing airspace with wind turbines.

  • November 21, 2016

    The Energy Department today released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the potential future growth of distributed wind energy in the United States through 2050. Distributed wind differs from utility-scale wind in that it is installed at or near the point of end-use to meet on-site demand, such as at a farm, industrial or manufacturing facility, or rural home.

  • November 17, 2016

    Since 2014, passionate college students from across the country have learned the ins and outs of the wind industry by participating in the Energy Department’s Collegiate Wind Competition, which challenges undergraduates to design and build a wind turbine and develop a business plan to market their project.

  • October 24, 2016
    To improve future wind plant performance and ultimately lower the cost of energy produced by wind, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and NREL are conducting experiments in wake steering at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility as part of the Energy Department’s Atmosphere to Electrons research initiative. Their goal is to determine whether yaw-based wake steering control strategies can improve the performance of a wind farm.
  • October 24, 2016
    Stop by the Energy Department’s exhibit booth #3436 at the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference to meet Wind Energy Technologies Office personnel and learn about the latest Energy Department-funded research. Tuesday, October 25 Special Session: 2016 Update to the National Offshore Wind Strategy 10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m. José Zayas, Director, U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office Technology Spotlight: Floating Wind 3:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m. Walter Musial (chair), Manager Offshore Wind, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Poster Reception 5 p.m.‒6:30 p.m.
  • October 24, 2016
    Developed for use in offshore wind energy research and design, a database of meteorological ocean (metocean) conditions from 23 U.S. ocean sites launched earlier this year. Developed by the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL, the metocean database presents wind speed, significant wave height, wave peak-spectral period, wind direction, and wave direction data—all variables of interest for offshore wind turbine design.
  • October 24, 2016
    Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director Offshore wind is setting sail in the United States, charting the course for a new era of wind energy production. As the industry gathers for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER conference, I’m pleased to draw your attention to the groundbreaking national offshore wind strategy just completed by the Energy Department and Interior Department.
  • October 24, 2016
    Many U.S. coastal regions have both large population centers and strong offshore wind resources, making offshore wind energy an attractive solution for meeting the energy needs of coastal communities. However, the biggest barrier to realizing the potential benefits of offshore wind is its cost, particularly in deep-water environments—and nearly 60% of U.S. offshore wind resources are located in water deeper than 60 meters (197 feet).
  • October 24, 2016
    A long-term acoustic survey of bat activity at remote islands, offshore structures, and coastal sites in the Gulf of Maine, Great Lakes, and mid-Atlantic Coast has helped reveal where and when bats fly offshore. The multiyear study, funded by the Energy Department and conducted by environmental consulting and engineering firm Stantec, was the most extensive study on bat activity offshore conducted to date.
  • October 24, 2016
    Offshore wind farms along state and federal shores have the technical potential to provide more than 2,000 gigawatts of capacity. Developing just 1% of this potential could power nearly 6.5 million homes. So what’s the holdup?
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