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

Department of Energy Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research
NYSERDA selected to partner with DOE as administrator of offshore wind R&D consortium.
June 15, 2018
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The California State University Maritime Academy Blows Away Competition at 3rd Biennial Collegiate Wind Competition
More than 200 competitors integrated real-world engineering test scenarios to create the best wind turbine design.
May 11, 2018
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Request for Information on Pathways to Success for Next-Generation Supersized Wind Turbine Blades
WETO is seeking public input regarding the manufacturing and deployment of larger next-generation blades for land-based wind turbines.
May 9, 2018
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Wind's Near-Zero Cost of Generation Impacting Wholesale Electricity Markets
Wind generation can create exciting opportunities and interesting challenges when integrating large quantities of energy into the electric grid.
May 8, 2018
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Clemson University To Test Next-Generation Wind Drivetrain
MHI Vestas announced a 5-year investment with Clemson University to test its new 9.5-megawatt gearbox at Clemson's SCE&G Energy Innovation Center.
May 8, 2018
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Guide to Wind Development Financing Designed To Increase Investment Pool
Investment in U.S. wind energy has averaged nearly $13.6 billion annually since 2006, totaling more than $140 billion.
May 8, 2018
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New Software Tool Boosts Utility Transmission Capacity
A wind power plant study by INL explored how transmission lines, when cooled by the wind, are capable of handling more electricity.
May 8, 2018
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Pooling Our Knowledge and Protecting Wildlife with Adaptive Management
Wind development projects continue to improve their practices through lessons learned and better understanding the outcome of management decisions.
May 8, 2018
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First-of-Its-Kind Report Benchmarks Costs for U.S. Small Wind Projects
A recent Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report is the first of its kind to benchmark costs for small wind projects installed in the U.S.
May 8, 2018
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On-Site Research to Determine Causes of Premature Drivetrain Gearbox Failure
Although wind energy costs have declined, premature drivetrain failure still can lead to higher-than-expected turbine operation and maintenance costs.
May 8, 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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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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