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For more detailed updates on wind energy research and development activities, breakthroughs, and resources, see the biannual Wind R&D Newsletter.

May 16, 2022

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Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Acting Director, Jim Ahlgrimm

The Spring 2022 edition of the Wind R&D Newsletter highlights R&D activities and publications by Department of Energy national laboratories and industry partners who are helping the United States reach our clean energy goals.

May 16, 2022

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Unlocking Distributed Wind Energy’s Potential

A new study indicates that nearly 1,400 gigawatts of distributed wind capacity could be profitably deployed today across the United States, which amounts to more than half of the nation’s current annual electricity consumption.

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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Wind Turbines Can Stabilize the Grid

First-ever demonstration shows wind can fulfill a wider role in future power systems.

May 16, 2022

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The Winds of St. Mary’s, Alaska

A standalone wind turbine is transforming the rural Alaskan community of St. Mary’s, according to a new study conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

May 16, 2022

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Living in Wind Energy’s Shadow

New study reveals mixed reactions to flickering shadows generated by wind turbines.

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.”

May 12, 2022

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Study Finds Distributed Wind Energy Potential Equivalent to Half of National Electricity Demand

NREL released the Distributed Wind Energy Futures Study, which details the high potential to profitably deploy nearly 1,400 gigawatts (GW) of distributed wind capacity across the United States.

May 11, 2022

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Meet Environmental Research Manager Joy Page

Joy Page wants to combat the climate crisis head on. Drawing on her experience with renewable energy, she recently joined WETO as a biologist to ensure harmony between wind energy deployment and wildlife populations.

May 11, 2022

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Updated Wind Career Map Is Now Available

Does your career search need a breath of fresh air? Check out the updated Wind Career Map!