Below are stories about resource assessment and characterization featured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office.

May 16, 2022

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Mapping Atmospheric Mysteries

The American WAKE experimeNt—a massive data collection effort funded by WETO—could help U.S. wind farms produce more energy, increase profits, and, eventually, reduce electricity prices for consumers.

May 16, 2022

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A Wind Energy Career Celebrated with “Gust-o”

After 31 years at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Wind Energy Program Manager Will Shaw has retired. From the Atmosphere to Electrons initiative to offshore wind buoys, it’s been a wind energy career he’s enjoyed with “gust-o.”

February 1, 2022

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WINDExchange Publishes New 100-Meter Wind Resource Maps

New land-based maps are available for Missouri and Tennessee, and new offshore maps are available for Texas-Louisiana, North Carolina-South Carolina, and Mississippi-Alabama-Georgia-Florida.

December 13, 2021

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Celebrating Achievements and Looking Forward to a New Year

As 2021 draws to a close, the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) is reflecting on our R&D, recent achievements, and recognitions, and getting ramped up for a new year of possibilities for wind energy.

October 13, 2021

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Buoys Provide Data about Birds and Bats Offshore

Offshore wind research buoys are equipped with instruments that can take wind speed measurements as high as 250 meters—the height of today’s wind turbines. Results will help wind power plant operators make investment and siting decisions.

October 13, 2021

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Updated Weather Model Captures Subtleties of Cold Pool Events

Weather models have difficulty forecasting the cold, near-ground temperatures in cold pools, resulting in subtle errors that have a big impact on the magnitude and timing of wind power predictions. A new method can cut wind speed errors by as much as 20%.

September 30, 2021

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Happy New (Fiscal) Year!

As we enter a new fiscal year, WETO is sharing some of the more notable wind energy research and development accomplishments from 2021.

January 5, 2021

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Happy New Year!

As we usher in 2021, we’d like to share some of 2020's top wind energy R&D achievements.

October 21, 2020

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DOE Publishes 100-Meter Mid-Atlantic Wind Resource Maps and Tutorial

Maps provide easy-to-understand snapshots of wind resources.

October 13, 2020

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ExaWind Supercharges Wind Power Plant Simulations on Land and at Sea

Suite of open-source, HPC-powered physics codes allows engineers to do everything but collect their mail inside a virtual wind power plant.