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On April 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Wind Energy Technologies Office presented the first in a series of live webinars to discuss offshore wind turbine radar interference mitigation strategies and research needs for offshore wind development that may impact sensitive radar systems. The webinar was hosted by the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation (WTRIM) Working Group—a consortium of federal agencies composed of DOE, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the Federal Aviation Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This webinar series is intended to build relationships between key industry stakeholders and agencies around offshore wind-radar issues, share government and industry perspectives on potential impacts of offshore wind on radar missions, and gain a better understanding of the future direction of the offshore wind market.

On the first webinar, DOE and DOD provided an introduction to the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Working Group, and offshore wind developer ├śrsted shared their experiences with offshore wind-radar interference issues in the United Kingdom and European Union. The presentation slides are available for download.

The second webinar in the series featured a presentation by BOEM Program Manager Jim Bennett and a panel discussion on the offshore wind project review and approval process in the United States from the WTRIM perspective. Speakers included representatives from DOD, DHS, NOAA, and the American Wind Energy Association. The presentation slides are available for download.

We invite you to the third webinar in the series on June 29, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, where a group of radar experts will address offshore wind turbine radar interference mitigation strategies and research needs for offshore wind development that may impact sensitive radar systems. This webinar will feature a discussion of key radar systems most likely to be impacted, technical and operational issues regarding each system class, and how their systems are impacted differently in an offshore environment.

Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Stay tuned for additional webinars mid-July and August.