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

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January 5, 2021
Daytime photo of a wind farm with a man standing in the foreground and a hawk perched on this hand.
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
Map of the gulf of Maine showing wind speed.
DOE Publishes 100-Meter Mid-Atlantic Wind Resource Maps and Article
Maps provide easy-to-understand snapshots of wind resources.
October 13, 2020
Image showing the flow structure around an NREL 5-megawatt wind turbine rotor generated by the ExaWind Nalu-Wind high-performance computational code.
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.
October 13, 2020
A new wind power plant modeling framework developed by LLNL and other partners allows large-scale weather features to interact directly with wind turbines for an improved representation of wakes and turbulence.
Multiscale Framework Simulates Utility-Scale Wind Power Plant in Its Natural Environment
First-ever simulation could lead to vital understanding of wind power plant performance.
June 1, 2020
Buoys stationed off U.S. coast.
It’s No Li(dar): Buoys Equipped with More Powerful Instrumentation
$1.3-million upgrade extends lidar reach and data recovery rate; provides more accessible information.
May 20, 2019
Simulation of a wind turbine showing the wind flow around the turbine and depicting the velocity.
CFD Code Increases Accuracy of Turbine Wake Simulation
Accurate modeling of interactions between turbines, turbulence, and wakes indicates potential for lower wind plant costs and improved efficiency.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a series of wind turbines on top of a tall, earthen hill.
Turbines in Terrain: Wind Forecasting Study Completed in Columbia Gorge
To improve wind forecast accuracy, WETO funded the second Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP2).
October 12, 2018
Photo of a buoy in the ocean with a city skyline in the background.
Oh Buoy! PNNL Researchers Dive into Data Delivered from New Jersey Coast
WETO commissioned Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to deploy two research buoys off the New Jersey and Virginia coasts.
May 8, 2018
Photo of a wind profiler.
DOE-Funded Wind Profilers Feed National Weather Forecasts
As the contribution of wind energy to U.S. electricity generation grows, so does the importance of accurate forecasts for wind power production.
January 23, 2018
Wind Turbines in Extreme Weather: Solutions for Hurricane Resiliency
Wind Turbines in Extreme Weather: Solutions for Hurricane Resiliency
Offshore wind turbines on the Atlantic coast (as well as the Gulf Mexico) have several challenges to contend with—including hurricanes.
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...

December 22, 2016
Articles about Resource Assessment and Characterization
Buoy Loan Program Offers Opportunities for Continued Offshore Wind Resource Characterization

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) currently owns two AXYS WindSentinel buoys that collect a comprehensive set of meteorological and oceanographic...

November 21, 2016
New Report Shows Potential Growth of Distributed Wind Energy for On-Site Power

The Energy Department today released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the potential future growth of distributed wind energy in the United States...

October 24, 2016
Meteorological Ocean Data Available for Offshore Wind Energy Research and Design

Developed for use in offshore wind energy research and design, a database of meteorological ocean (m...

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...

September 9, 2016
One piece of the <em>National Offshore Wind Strategy</em> evaluates the vast potential for offshore wind energy development across U.S. coasts.
Computing America’s Offshore Wind Energy Potential

A new report evaluating the potential for offshore wind energy development across U.S. coasts found that even if only 1% of the technical resource...

May 11, 2016
Making Wind Energy Predictable: New Profilers Provide Hourly Forecasts

Balancing the power grid is an art—or at least a scientific study in chaos—and the Energy Department is hoping wind energy can take a greater role...

April 11, 2016
Project team members from WFIP 2 meet at the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, a data-collection site in Sherman County, Oregon. Photo courtesy: Justin Sharp/Vaisala
Testing the Wind in the Columbia River Gorge

Deep in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington and Oregon, an extensive data collection effort is underway. It’s all part of the Wind...

May 19, 2015
Energy Department Releases Report, Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in All 50 States

New report shows how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment through next-generation turbines.

May 18, 2015
LLNL Predicts Wind Power with Greater Accuracy
LLNL Predicts Wind Power with Greater Accuracy

LLNL researchers studying how to reduce uncertainties and errors in wind forecasts and power predictions.

May 18, 2015
New Model Demonstrates Offshore Wind Industry’s Job Growth Potential
A new modeling tool developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that offshore wind development in areas like the Gulf Coast...
May 18, 2015
New Report Shows Downward Trend in LCOE for Wind

A new report recently published by DOE shows a downward trend in levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for both land-based and offshore wind projects...

January 8, 2015
Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Improve Wind Forecasting

The Energy Department today announced $2.5 million for a new project to research the atmospheric processes that generate wind in mountain-valley...

December 10, 2014
This map shows wind potential capacity for turbine hub heights at 140 meters.
Mapping the Frontier of New Wind Power Potential

Our National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with the Energy Department’s Wind Program and AWS Truepower, has released new maps that...