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March 27, 2020
Tule Wind Farm in CA by Avangrid.
California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Shows Wind Can Play a Major Role in Renewable Integration
Large utility-scale wind plants can provide essential reliability services to the electricity grid.
March 26, 2020
A female researcher with safety equipment crouches on top of a turbine nacelle with a mountain backdrop.
Boosting Speed and Accuracy of Wind Plant Optimization Model
NREL has released a new version of its FLOw Redirection and Induction in Steady State (FLORIS) model for wind plant performance optimization.
February 27, 2020
A photo of a Bergey excel 15 wind turbine.
Competitiveness Improvement Project Issues RFP
Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) RFP is accepting applications through March 31, 2020.
February 26, 2020
Two young men smile while holding up a 1st place Collegiate Wind Competition trophy.
Energy Department Announces Participants of 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the 13 collegiate teams selected to participate in the 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition.
February 24, 2020
A group of young men in hard hats and safety goggles give each other high-fives.
Wind Energy Professionals Share Tips for Breezing Into the Wind Workforce
To support growth in wind, the industry needs a broad range of workers, including turbine engineers, project developers, and supply chain managers.
January 30, 2020
During construction, workers climb out on top of a tall wind turbine and guide 19-ton turbine blades into place.
DOE Announces Funding for Tall Wind Tower Demonstration
DOE announces $5 million in funding for GE Renewables tall wind tower demonstration.
January 30, 2020
Advanced lithium ion battery
U.S. Department of Energy Launches Energy Storage Grand Challenge
Energy Storage Grand Challenge will accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies.
December 19, 2019
grand challenge wind December
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
December 16, 2019
Offshore Wind Demonstration Aqua Ventus Project Secures Power Purchase Agreement
Offshore Wind Demonstration Aqua Ventus Project Secures Power Purchase Agreement
Maine Aqua Ventus I and Central Maine Power Company sign 20-year PPA allowing project to sell it's electricity to Central Maine Power utility.
November 19, 2019
Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Helps Manufacturers Develop, Certify Next-Gen Technologies
The goals of the CIP are to make wind energy cost competitive and increase the number of wind turbine designs certified to national testing standards.
November 13, 2019
A group of students smile at a model wind turbine at the 2019 Collegiate Wind Competition.
Use Your Holiday Break to Prepare for the Energy Department’s Collegiate Wind Competition
Thanksgiving break is the perfect time to work on your team's CWC 2021 application before it's due on December 9, 2019.
November 13, 2019
an arial view of a city at night showing the night lights.
DOE Announces New Grid Modernization Lab Call Projects
On November 6, 2019, DOE announced the results of the 2019 Grid Modernization Lab Call with funding of approximately $80 million over three years.
November 13, 2019
Solar panels on the NREL campus near the mountains.
Modeling Modernity: Key Revisions to the IEEE Reliability Test System Proposed
GMLC project publishes updates to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Reliability Test System.
November 8, 2019
wind turbines against a blue sky.
Sandia Patents Blade Design that Reduces Wakes Effects
SNL has developed a wind turbine blade design that would allow turbines to be installed closer to one another, due to a faster dissipating wake.
October 22, 2019
Wind Turbine's In Motion (spinning).
DOE Awards $28 Million for Wind Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Projects
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 13 projects to receive a total of $28 million to advance wind energy nationwide.
October 21, 2019
Worker hanging from cable between wind turbine rotor and tower with blue sky behind him.
Bigger Equals Better When It Comes to Wind Energy Potential
Researchers are analyzing alternative blade concepts that could almost double the size of today’s blades.
October 21, 2019
Photo of 4 wind turbines on orange platforms in the middle of ocean.
National Consortium Poised To Make a Splash
With a host of new partners and an open call for research proposals, the $41-million National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium is ready to make a splash.
October 21, 2019
View from below of a wind turbine against a blue sky with some clouds.
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director from the Fall 2019 newsletter.
October 21, 2019
Many wind turbines in ocean and silhouetted against blue sky.
Offshore Wind Workshop Addresses Industry Challenges
Offshore wind representatives met this spring to discuss meteorology and oceanography research to support offshore wind projects in the U.S.
October 21, 2019
A map with a legend explaining how wind forecasts are overlaid.
New Tool Keeps Wind Power On Course
System operators have a new tool for bringing intuition to the deluge of wind data—a visualizer for wind power forecasts called WindView.
October 21, 2019
Illustration of wind turbine and wind flow in front of green hills.
Portal Makes Secure Access to Validated Data a Breeze
A2e initiative addresses the need to have reliable, applicable wind data by establishing and funding the Data Archive and Portal (DAP).
October 21, 2019
Photo of a wind turbine on a yellow floating platform in the ocean.
SpiderFLOAT Innovation Puts a New Spin on Offshore Wind
A new scalable offshore floating wind system provides novel solutions to cut costs and overcome challenges of deepwater offshore environments.
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.
September 27, 2019
Two students wearing school shirts adjust the nacelle on a model wind turbine.
Add Wind Power Experience to Your Resume … While You’re Still in College
Find out where to start, what to expect, and how to stand out now that EERE has issued the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 call for proposals.
September 10, 2019
Students inspect a small wind turbine designed and built for the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.
The U.S. Department of Energy Releases Request for Proposal for Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 Applicants
Are you ready to see what it takes for a career in wind energy? The application process is officially open for the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021.