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Below are stories about research efforts featured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office.

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May 20, 2019
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New Model To Support the North American Renewable Integration Study
U.S., Canadian, and Mexican collaboration on a new model helps industry plan an economically competitive and reliable long-term cross-border grid.
May 20, 2019
Five wind turbines at varying heights with clouds in the background.
Research Reduces Uncertainty of Wind Plant Energy Production Estimates
More accurate evaluation of long-term wind speed variability and wind plant energy production could drive greater investment and lower energy costs.
May 20, 2019
Large wind turbine blades and a man climbing one of the blades, with a rope dangling from beneath him.
Wind Energy Grows Up
An NREL study explores opportunities for increasing wind turbine hub height and the conditions and locations where these towers have the most impact.
October 12, 2018
Map showing the total value, in 2016 dollars per MWh, along the United States eastern coastline.
Offshore Wind Market Value Varies Significantly Along U.S. East Coast
A study from LBNL finds that the market value of offshore wind generally exceeds that of land-based wind in the region.
October 12, 2018
Illustration showing the differences between HAWT and VAWT turbines.
Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Could Reduce Offshore Wind Energy Costs
A new study by Sandia National Laboratories looks at the feasibility for deep-water offshore installations of a less-common wind turbine design.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a wind turbine at sea.
IEA Research Study Extended To Improve Accuracy of Offshore Wind Systems Design Tools
NREL researchers received a four-year extension of IEA research that will advance the overall accuracy of offshore wind computer modeling tools.
August 23, 2018
wind turbines against blue sky
Top 4 Trends in the U.S. Wind Market
Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017.
May 8, 2018
Close-up of an electrical transmission tower.
Wind's Near-Zero Cost of Generation Impacting Wholesale Electricity Markets
Wind generation can create exciting opportunities and interesting challenges when integrating large quantities of energy into the electric grid.
May 8, 2018
Photo of a wind turbine mid-construction.
Guide to Wind Development Financing Designed To Increase Investment Pool
Investment in U.S. wind energy has averaged nearly $13.6 billion annually since 2006, totaling more than $140 billion.
May 8, 2018
A small wind turbine in a wooded area by a lake.
First-of-Its-Kind Report Benchmarks Costs for U.S. Small Wind Projects
A recent Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report is the first of its kind to benchmark costs for small wind projects installed in the U.S.
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.
May 8, 2018
Screenshot from the U.S. Wind Turbine Database showing Iowa.
Massive U.S. Wind Turbine Data Set Released for Public Use
A comprehensive, regularly updated data set of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics is now publicly available.
October 18, 2017
A semisubmersible offshore wind turbine in a research tank.
NREL Paves the Way for Floating Offshore Wind Semisubmersible Model Validation
NREL researchers have been leading an international effort to validate offshore wind models.
August 23, 2017
A collection of wind turbines in a field
New Lab Report: How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half
New breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas.
August 9, 2017
Offshore wind turbine BARD 5.0 installed on a transitional substructure from BARD Engineering GmbH at the offshore wind farm BARD OFFSHORE 1 in the German Bight.
4 Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies
More than 20 U.S. offshore wind projects are underway as four significant trends emerge in this growing energy market.
March 14, 2017
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...

January 9, 2017
Report Shows New Transmission Can Help Wind Energy Supply a Third of U.S. Electricity

The Energy Department today released a report which confirms that adding even limited electricity transmission can significantly reduce the costs...

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...

September 1, 2016
Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar Generation in the Eastern Power Grid
A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative...
May 11, 2016
Simulation Toolkit Promises Better Wind Predictions, Increased Farm Production
A multiscale atmosphere/wind farm simulation toolkit incorporates the full spectrum of weather, environmental, and turbine impacts.
May 11, 2016
FAST v8 Offers New Modeling and Analysis Features

Researchers at NREL recently released version 8.15 of FAST (FAST v8), an open-source, multiphysics engineering software tool used to design and...

May 11, 2016
Sandia National Laboratories Hits Milestone, Gears Up for 2016 Research

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) recently reached a major milestone by successfully remounting a rotor on one of its heavily modified Vestas V27...

September 29, 2015
New Report Shows Domestic Offshore Wind Industry Potential, 21 Projects Planned in U.S. Waters

The Energy Department today released a new report showing strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market—including the start of construction of...

September 17, 2015
Statistics Show Bearing Problems Cause the Majority of Wind Turbine Gearbox Failures
In the past, the wind energy industry has been relatively conservative in terms of data sharing, especially with the general public, which has...
September 16, 2015
New Study Reveals Multiple Pathways to 30% Penetration of Wind and Solar
A new study published by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that the U.S. Eastern...