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Below are stories about environmental impacts and siting featured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office.

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June 4, 2020
offshore wind turbines
DOE Seeks Input on Offshore Wind Environmental Research and Related Technology Needs
WETO is seeking input on high-priority environmental research needs regarding impact assessment, model validation, and monitoring and mitigation.
June 1, 2020
New flight tracking system capable of measuring how various bat species behave in the presence of ultrasonic acoustic deterrents.
Which Bats Steer Clear of Wind Turbine Deterrents—and When?
Flight-path monitoring aims to determine the effectiveness of ultrasonic acoustic deterrents.
April 29, 2020
offshore turbines at sea.
Offshore Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Webinar Series
Series will discuss offshore wind turbine radar interference mitigation strategies and research needs for offshore wind development.
December 19, 2019
grand challenge wind December
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
September 30, 2019
robot-deployed autonomous inspection system against the sun and a blue sky.
Happy New (Fiscal) Year!
As we embark on a new fiscal year, we’d like to share some of our key accomplishments from Fiscal Year 2019.
August 12, 2019
How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?
How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?
A date most movie buffs know by heart, October 21, 2015, is the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel in “Back to the Future Part II.”
May 20, 2019
Brown bat with its wings spread, flying.
Mammal Mia! It’s Bat Tags Again
Small, light, wide-range tags more effectively track behavior and flight patterns, safeguarding bats from potential encounters with wind turbines.
April 16, 2019
Falcon on a man with wind turbines in the background.
Request for Proposals (RFPs) to Address Wind-Wildlife Operational Challenges
The subsequent contract will support emerging technologies that detect and deter bird and bat encounters with wind energy facilities.
March 13, 2019
research funded bat deterrent technologies to minimize the need for curtailment to reduce environmental impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy
DOE Awards $6.8 Million in Wind Energy Research Projects
DOE selected ten projects totaling $6.8 million that will reduce the impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy on bats and other wildlife.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a table set up on a beach with two cameras on it.
Stereo Vision Improves "Fly-By" Data for Offshore Wind Power
Researchers from PNNL have come up with a novel way to integrate that stereo vision feature into software.
July 18, 2018
Close-up photo of a bat in flight.
DOE Releases Funding Announcement to Support Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Environmental Impacts
DOE has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled “Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Environmental Impacts.”
May 8, 2018
A hawk sitting on a branch.
Pooling Our Knowledge and Protecting Wildlife with Adaptive Management
Wind development projects continue to improve their practices through lessons learned and better understanding the outcome of management decisions.
May 8, 2018
Farm with a wind turbine.
Wind Project Neighbor Attitudes Mostly Positive, National Survey Reveals
A study led by LBNL provides unprecedented insight into the attitudes of Americans who live near U.S. wind turbines.
April 19, 2018
Screenshot from the USWTDB.
U.S. Department of Energy and Geological Survey Release Online Public Dataset and Viewer of U.S. Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics
The USGS and DOE released the United States Wind Turbine Database and Viewer to access this new public dataset.
October 17, 2017
An eagle flies near turbines at the National Wind Technology Center
ThermalTracker: The Secret Lives of Bats and Birds Revealed
When planning offshore wind projects, collecting data on the abundance of birds and bats informs project siting.
March 14, 2017
Milestones on the Road to the Wind Vision
Milestones on the Road to the Wind Vision

The Department of Energy’s Wind Vision report assesses the potential economic and social benefits of a study scenario where U.S. wind power...

November 30, 2016
Spirit, a 20-year-old bald eagle, flies at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado. | <em>Photo by Lee Jay Fingersh/NREL</em>
3 Ways Energy Department Research Will Help Eagles Coexist with Wind Energy Deployment

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...

October 24, 2016
Bats Offshore? Energy Department Research Study Shows Where and When

A long-term acoustic survey of bat activity at remote islands, offshore structures, and coastal site...

October 24, 2016
Lidar Buoys Finish First Tour

Offshore wind farms along state and federal shores have the technical potential to provide more than 2,000 gigawatts of capacity. Developing just 1...

October 24, 2016
Demonstration Projects Feature Innovative Offshore Wind Technologies
From floating foundations to twisted jacket and Mono Bucket foundations, some of the nation’s most inventive offshore wind technologies are...
September 22, 2016
Request for Information: Wind Wildlife Operational Minimization and Compensatory Mitigation Research Needs

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy invites input from the public regarding a potential funding opportunity...

June 22, 2016
FOA Announcement: Eagle Impact Minimization Technology Development and Field Testing Opportunities

The Energy Department's Wind Program issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance the readiness of technologies intended to reduce...

June 14, 2016
VIDEO: How to Build a Wind Turbine in less than 20 Minutes
VIDEO: How to Build a Wind Turbine in less than 20 Minutes
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office provides a simple step-...
May 19, 2016
Competitors test their turbines in a wind tunnel at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2015, held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center just south of Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)
Counting Down to the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 starts May 24—less than a week away—at the annual American Wind Energy Association ...

May 11, 2016
Notice of Intent: Eagle Impact Minimization Technology Development and Field Testing Opportunities

The Energy Department's Wind Program intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance the readiness of technologies intended to...