The Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office invests in energy science research and development activities that enable the innovations needed to advance U.S. wind systems, reduce the cost of electricity, and accelerate the deployment of wind power.

How Do Wind Turbines Work?

Learn the basics of how wind turbines operate to produce clean power from an abundant, renewable resource—the wind.

Wind Research & Development Projects Map

Browse through more than 200 projects in the Wind Energy Technologies Office's interactive, state-by-state map highlighting their Research and Development portfolio. 

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News

Keeping the Lights On: Essential Reliability Services
A look behind the scenes at what happens every time you flip a light switch.
September 13, 2018
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Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power
Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.
August 23, 2018
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DOE 2017 Wind Market Reports Indicate Strong Wind Power Installation Trends and Falling Prices
The reports cover three market sectors: land-based utility scale, distributed, and offshore wind.
August 23, 2018
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Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power
Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.
August 23, 2018
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Top 4 Trends in the U.S. Wind Market
Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017.
August 23, 2018
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Quiz: Test Your Wind Energy IQ
How much do you know about wind energy? Test your knowledge with our wind power quiz!
August 17, 2018
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How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?
It’s a date most movie buffs know by heart: October 21, 2015 – the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future in Stephen Spielberg’s ...
August 9, 2018
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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy
Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.
August 7, 2018
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Department of Energy Announces Request for Information on Offshore Wind Energy R&D Facilities
RFI will allow industry and the public to provide knowledge and recommendations to DOE for the development of offshore wind facilities.
August 3, 2018
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Request for Information on Broadening the Scope of Energy R&D and Associated Facility Needs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's...
WETO is requesting public input on facility and infrastructure investments at the National Wind Technology Center.
August 1, 2018
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REPORTS

Updates to the Wind Vision Roadmap
Tracking progress and updates in the Wind Vision Roadmap.
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2017 State of Wind Development in the United States by Region
2017 State of Wind Development in the United States by Region is a comprehensive examination of U.S. wind energy development and deployment.
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Enabling the SMART Wind Power Plant of the Future Through Science-Based Innovation
This report explains how new energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030.
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2017 Distributed Wind Market Report Fact Sheet
Fact sheet that summarizes the key findings of the 2017 Distributed Wind Market Report.
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2016 Wind Market Reports
Offshore, distributed, and wind technologies market reports from the Wind Energy Technologies Office.
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2016 Wind Technologies Market Report
Wind power capacity in the United States experienced strong growth in 2016.
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2016 Distributed Wind Market Report
This report provides stakeholders with statistics and analysis of the distributed wind market, along with insight into its trends and characteristics.
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2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report
This report provides quantitative information about the offshore wind market, technology, and cost trends in the United States.
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2017 Wind Market Reports

Increased wind power capacity, additional domestic wind turbine manufacturing, and declining costs supported the growth and expansion of the U.S. wind power market in 2017, as detailed in three market reports released by the Energy Department.

Cover of the 2017 Wind Technologies Market Report.

Read the Wind Vision Report

The Wind Vision Report assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the nation’s electrical demand in 2020, 20% in 2030, and 35% in 2050.

Also see the Wind Vision Detailed Roadmap Actions: 2017 Update.

National Offshore Wind Strategy

The National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States could help enable 86 gigawatts of offshore wind in the United States by 2050 by presenting the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines and providing a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry.

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