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

The U.S. Department of Energy Releases Request for Proposal for Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 Applicants
September 10, 2019
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.
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DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Selects a New Project that Aims to Address Wind-Wildlife Operational Challenges
September 5, 2019
The Technology Development and Innovation program supports efforts to reduce the impact of wind technologies on wildlife such as birds and bats.
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Department of Energy Releases Annual Wind Market Reports, Finding Robust Wind Power Installations and Falling Prices
August 23, 2019
Utility-scale land-based wind sector had another strong year with 7,588 megawatts installed in 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices.
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CWC Chico State Team Stands Strong as California Wildfire Closes Campus
August 20, 2019
Following the 2018 Camp Fire, students and faculty from California State University – Chico faced barriers unlike any other school.
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Who Uses Distributed Wind?
August 12, 2019
There are many different types of distributed wind customer. Find out more about distributed wind and who uses it.
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Top Trends in Wind Technology
August 12, 2019
Learn more about this year's most notable trends in the land-based wind market.
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Top Trends in Offshore Wind
August 12, 2019
Learn about top trends leading the offshore wind market into a decade of unprecedented growth.
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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy
August 12, 2019
Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.
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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power
August 12, 2019
Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.
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How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?
August 12, 2019
A date most movie buffs know by heart, October 21, 2015, is the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel in “Back to the Future Part II.”
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Reports

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 Market Report
This report provides stakeholders with information about the 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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