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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) successes in developing clean, affordable, and reliable domestic wind power tap into enormous energy-saving potential across the United States. Explore EERE's wind power success stories below. 

September 11, 2020
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From Concept to Commercialization – Bat Deterrent for Wind Energy Goes Global
For the past two decades, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office has worked on ways to protect bats at wind farms.
June 9, 2020
Wind turbines in an arid environment contrasted against a stark blue sky
EERE Success Story—Beyond Power, Wind Plants Can Provide a Full Suite of Essential Reliability Services to the Grid
Beyond Power, Wind Plants Can Provide a Full Suite of Essential Reliability Services to the Grid
February 19, 2019
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How Much Can Wind Plant Operators Save? WISDEM Counts the Ways
This small-scale field research project paves the way for a more comprehensive wind plant field validation effort.
January 25, 2018
Clemson Wind Testing Center
EERE Success Story—Clemson University to Test Next-Generation Wind Drivetrain
Wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced a $35 million, five-year investment with Clemson University to test its new 9.5-MW gearbox.
November 20, 2017
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EERE Success Story—Unique Software Offers Tool for Securing Transmission Grid at Maximum Efficiency
INL researchers are working with partners in industry and academia to use concurrent cooling from wind to make the electrical grid more efficient.
October 10, 2017
ThermalTracker software
EERE Success Story—ThermalTracker: Imaging for Coexistence
ThermalTracker software was developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory
August 11, 2017
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EERE Success Story—North Carolina Legislators Tour Amazon Wind Farm
Earlier this year, the Southeastern Wind Coalition (SEWC) organized and led North Carolina state legislators on two tours of the Amazon Wind Farm.
August 9, 2017
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EERE Success Story—Resource Centers Support Wind Energy Opportunities for Rural Utah
Utah will be publishing the first locally written resource management plans defining county priorities for the development and use of federal lands.
August 7, 2017
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EERE Success Story—New 60-Megawatt Colorado Wind Farm Helps Local Utility Reach State Goals
New 60-megawatt Colorado wind farm helps local utility reach state goals.
May 19, 2017
Photo showing the base of the 984-foot (300-meter) meteorological tower and several of the atmospheric instruments used during the XPIA field experiment. Photo by Andy Clifton/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Unique Experiment Provides Data to Strengthen Future Wind Plant Research
A one-of-a-kind experiment combined multiple measurement devices and methods to simultaneously measure atmospheric conditions in one location. One ...
April 25, 2017
Group photo of Collegiate Wind Competition 17 teams and organizers at the National Wind Technology Center.  Photo Courtesy | Lee J. Fingersh, NREL
EERE Success Story—Penn State Earns Top Honors at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2017 Technical Challenge on Earth Day
Last week at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) near Boulder, Colorado, teams from 10 of the 12 universities that participated in the U.S D...
April 11, 2017
Pictured above is the Excel 15 wind turbine. This innovative turbine is anticipated to be 40% more efficient than Bergey’s 10 kW turbine, produce 85% more energy, and be sold at a similar price point. Photo Courtesy | Bergey Windpower
EERE Success Story—Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) Partner Delivers Next-Generation Wind Turbine for On-Site...
Distributed wind is used at or near where it is generated, and has gained a strong footing in the marketplace among commercial, industrial, and uti...
December 13, 2016
Photo Courtesy | Sandia National Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Department of Energy Harnesses the Power of Wind
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Wind Energy Technologies Office addresses a number of pressing energy needs, from improving technology ...
July 18, 2016
An Energy Department buoy that recently ended a 19-month deployment off Virginia Beach, Virginia, collected a wealth of data that is now available to help offshore wind industry partners optimize offshore wind farm development and design. Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Remote Data Collected by High-Tech Research Buoy Now Available to Offshore Wind Industry
EERE Success Story—Remote Data Collected by High-Tech Research Buoy Now Available to Offshore Wind Industry
April 2, 2015
EERE Success Story—Wind Vision: Continuing the Success of Wind Energy
EERE Success Story—Wind Vision: Continuing the Success of Wind Energy
March 24, 2015
EERE Success Story—Two Colorado-Based Electric Cooperatives Selected as 2014 Wind Cooperatives of the Year.
EERE Success Story—Two Colorado-Based Electric Cooperatives Selected as 2014 Wind Cooperatives of the Year.
February 18, 2015
EERE Success Story—Mapping the Frontier of New Wind Power Potential
EERE Success Story—Mapping the Frontier of New Wind Power Potential
June 17, 2014
EERE Success Story—Enhanced Efficiency of Wind-Diesel Power Generation in Tribal Villages
This project is benefiting tribal communities in Alaska with fuel savings, increased revenues to local utilities, reduced heating cost, as well as ...
January 1, 2014
EERE Success Story—New Wind Test Facilities Open in Colorado and South Carolina
Two state-of-the-art wind testing facilities will accelerate development and deployment of wind energy technologies.
August 22, 2013
EERE Success Story—United States Launches First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine
EERE investments help nation take first step toward offshore wind in U.S. waters.
August 22, 2013
EERE Success Story—Utilities in California and Washington Receive Honors for Innovative Wind Deployment
Public Power Wind Award winners' efforts lower energy costs and enable utilities to use wind power more reliably.
April 18, 2013
EERE Success Story—Helping Policymakers Evaluate Distributed Wind Options
eFormative Options promotes understanding of policy options related to distributed wind.
April 16, 2013
EERE Success Story—University of Michigan Gets Offshore Wind Ready for Winter on Lake Michigan
Modeling tool to analyze the ice buildup on wind turbine blades.
April 15, 2013
EERE Success Story—Mitigating Potential Environmental Impacts of Energy Development
Normandeau Associates is developing a tool to check the risk of wind turbine collisions for bird and bat species.
April 11, 2013
EERE Success Story—Expanding Educational Opportunities for the Wind Energy Workforce
University of Wisconsin's new certificate and Master's programs support wind energy training.