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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Offshore Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Webinar Series
April 29, 2020
Series will discuss offshore wind turbine radar interference mitigation strategies and research needs for offshore wind development.
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Collegiate Wind Competition Teams Look to the Future with 2020 Vision
April 21, 2020
12 teams of students from across the United States will present a virtual showcase of technological adaptability and wind energy wizardry at CWC.
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2020 Collegiate Wind Competition Goes Virtual to Accommodate Health Concerns
April 21, 2020
The 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) will be held via webinar in May and June.
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Energy Department Announces $20 Million Investment in Offshore Wind Resource Characterization and Technology Demonstration
April 1, 2020
Today, the Energy Department announced a $20 million investment in offshore wind energy resource characterization and technology demonstrations.
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California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Shows Wind Can Play a Major Role in Renewable Integration
March 27, 2020
Large utility-scale wind plants can provide essential reliability services to the electricity grid.
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Boosting Speed and Accuracy of Wind Plant Optimization Model
March 26, 2020
NREL has released a new version of its FLOw Redirection and Induction in Steady State (FLORIS) model for wind plant performance optimization.
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Competitiveness Improvement Project Issues RFP
February 27, 2020
Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) RFP is accepting applications through March 31, 2020.
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Energy Department Announces Participants of 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition
February 26, 2020
DOE announced the 13 collegiate teams selected to participate in the 2021 CWC. Three new schools were selected and 10 teams are returning.
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Wind Energy Professionals Share Tips for Breezing Into the Wind Workforce
February 24, 2020
To support growth in wind, the industry needs a broad range of workers, including turbine engineers, project developers, and supply chain managers.
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DOE Announces Funding for Tall Wind Tower Demonstration
January 30, 2020
DOE announces $5 million in funding for GE Renewables tall wind tower demonstration.
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2018 Wind Technologies Market Report
The 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report summarizes the major trends in the U.S. wind power market in 2018.
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2018 Distributed Wind Market Report
The 2018 Distributed Wind Market Report provides stakeholders with statistics and analysis of the distributed wind market.
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2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report
Offshore wind market, technology, and cost trends in the United States and worldwide.
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Workforce Development and Education
Continued growth in the U.S. wind industry requires trained and qualified workers to manufacture, construct, operate, and maintain wind turbines.
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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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Updates to the Wind Vision Roadmap
Tracking progress and updates in the Wind Vision Roadmap.
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2018 Wind Market Reports

U.S. wind power has more than tripled in the past decade to become the largest source of renewable generating capacity in the country. Three market reports released by the U.S. Department of Energy detail 2018 trends in wind technology, cost, and performance.

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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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