Under a memorandum of understanding signed in 2014 and building off of the successful Interagency Field Test & Evaluation program radar mitigation testing campaigns, a consortium of federal agencies composed of the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration established the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Working Group to address these conflicts.
To achieve these objectives, the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Working Group will coordinate activities within three broad strategic themes:
- Improving the capacity of government and industry to evaluate the impacts of existing and planned wind energy installations on sensitive radar systems
- Developing and facilitating the deployment of hardware and software mitigation measures to increase the resilience of existing radar systems to wind turbines
- Encouraging the development of next-generation radar systems that are resistant to wind turbine radar interference.
The Ground-Based Coastal Air Surveillance Radar WTRI Study—Public Summary is a public summary of recent research conducted by the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory evaluating the potential impacts of existing and planned offshore wind facilities on coastal radars. Collaborative work with multiple agencies is ongoing in this area.