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.

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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

California State University Maritime Academy and James Madison University Claim Top Awards in First Virtual Collegiate Wind Competition
June 23, 2020
After four days of intense virtual presentations, the Energy Department announced the winners of the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition.
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Department of Energy Announces 2020 Technology Commercialization Fund Selections
June 18, 2020
DOE announced selections of more than $33 million in funding for 82 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions.
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EERE Success Story—Beyond Power, Wind Plants Can Provide a Full Suite of Essential Reliability Services to the Grid
June 9, 2020
Beyond Power, Wind Plants Can Provide a Full Suite of Essential Reliability Services to the Grid
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National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces New Project Awards
June 4, 2020
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium announces twelve new research projects, representing an investment of $17.3 million.
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DOE Seeks Input on Offshore Wind Environmental Research and Related Technology Needs
June 4, 2020
WETO is seeking input on high-priority environmental research needs regarding impact assessment, model validation, and monitoring and mitigation.
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Labs Coordinate To Protect Wind Power from Cyberattacks
June 1, 2020
As wind generation increases, cybersecurity efforts will add resilience to critical infrastructure.
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It’s No Li(dar): Buoys Equipped with More Powerful Instrumentation
June 1, 2020
$1.3-million upgrade extends lidar reach and data recovery rate; provides more accessible information.
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Wind Is Changing Pricing Patterns in Wholesale Power Markets
June 1, 2020
In some markets, wind power is having significant impacts on the timing and location of electricity prices.
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Working To Ensure Wind Is Part of Distributed Energy Future
June 1, 2020
International team examines solutions to make wind systems competitive in the distributed energy market.
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Mind the Wind Workforce Gap
June 1, 2020
Ensuring today’s students meet tomorrow’s wind energy workforce needs.
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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 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.