Wind Energy Technologies Office

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 250 projects in the Wind Energy Technologies Office's interactive, state-by-state map highlighting their Research and Development portfolio. 

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News

Workshop Explores Potential of Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development
May 20, 2019
WETO workshop attendees share information about needs, challenges, and experiences unique to distributed wind, especially in rural areas.
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EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $21.6 Million for Phase I Innovation Projects
May 20, 2019
American small businesses got nearly a $22 million boost from EERE with Phase 1 Release II selections
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CFD Code Increases Accuracy of Turbine Wake Simulation
May 20, 2019
Accurate modeling of interactions between turbines, turbulence, and wakes indicates potential for lower wind plant costs and improved efficiency.
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Mammal Mia! It’s Bat Tags Again
May 20, 2019
Small, light, wide-range tags more effectively track behavior and flight patterns, safeguarding bats from potential encounters with wind turbines.
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Wind Energy Grows Up
May 20, 2019
An NREL study explores opportunities for increasing wind turbine hub height and the conditions and locations where these towers have the most impact.
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Study Assesses How To Break Barriers To Supersized Wind Turbine Blades
May 20, 2019
Design, manufacturing, and transportation option assessments show how “supersized” blades could increase energy, affordability, and site viability.
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2020 Collegiate Wind Competition Participants Announced
May 20, 2019
DOE announces the 12 teams competing in the competition, who will gain valuable real-world experience as they prepare to enter the workforce.
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Wake Steering Performance Evaluated at Scale
May 20, 2019
Wake steering field trials reveal potential for wind-plant-level control to increase annual energy production 1%–2% and profits by $1 million.
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New Model To Support the North American Renewable Integration Study
May 20, 2019
U.S., Canadian, and Mexican collaboration on a new model helps industry plan an economically competitive and reliable long-term cross-border grid.
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Celebrating a Year of Wind Industry Growth
May 20, 2019
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Acting Director from the Spring 2019 newsletter.
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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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