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While wind energy presents many benefits, spinning wind turbines can interfere with weather, air traffic control, and air surveillance radar systems. As advances in wind technology enable turbines to be deployed in new regions of the country, the probability for wind development to present challenges to radar missions is also likely to increase.
Under a memorandum of understanding signed in 2014, a consortium of federal agencies composed of the U.S. Department of Defense, the Energy Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration established the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Working Group to address these challenges. This new report lays out the plan for how the working group will address wind turbine radar interference and overcome these challenges so that wind development and radar missions can continue to coexist effectively.